Know Why It's Important
Becoming an advocate for recycling in multifamily is good for the environment...and the bottom line. In a case study that Justin shows during his presentation, he shares that implementing a recycling program at one of the BMG properties has resulted in reduced trash pick ups (from 3 to 2 per week). This adds up in monthly savings of $483 and yearly savings of $5,796. Justin also points out the need for a greater focus on recycling in multifamily also addresses a need for space -
- 32% of US residents rent for a total of 94,495,000 renters (NMHC, 2012)
- 134 glass bottles per person are thrown away each year (Waste360)
- And this results in 1.262 billion bottles per year being hauled from rental units
- Keep it simple - don't get into the details, keep it big picture.
- Make it easy to read - format the information as you would a Tweet, keep it short and to the point.
- Pictures - kids like them...adults need them!
The rule of thumb is 20 feet. If your residents have to walk more than 20 feet to take out the trash, it becomes inconvenient, tedious and unpleasant. Make trash and recycling in a shared enclosure and offer multiple locations across the complex to make it convenient for residents to drop off their trash and recycling. Having management go the extra measure to make a recycling program accommodating encourages resident participation and retention.
When the resident community is educated and the program is made accessible to their daily lives, a culture that supports recycling flourishes down to the individual member. This is demonstrated in this BMG video:
Justin will be presenting on April 24th at Waste Expo about how his team created a successful multifamily recycling program and worked with their municipality’s private hauler to educate their residents while reducing landfill waste. Follow the conference tweets using #WasteExpo and follow Justin's experience at Waste Expo at @JustinLarsonBMG
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