A common complaint at our housing sites was a sense of isolation. People believed they were the only ones "recycling properly". We used recycling as a cause for like-minded residents to rally around. The result was improved recycling and a stronger sense of community.
Include residents when you start to develop your recycling program.
Recycling team recruitment note
Use this template to create a poster or handout.
Recycling team sign-up sheet
Use this template to collect contact information. It can also be used as a poster in common areas.
Recycling survey notice
Let residents know when your recycling team will be asking for their ideas.
Recycling survey template
This template will help you think about the kinds of questions you would like to ask residents.
Bring residents together to reduce dumping of unwanted items.
Keep residents engaged
- Make recycling updates a standing agenda item at tenant association/strata council meetings.
- Use recycling and common areas to communicate progess and any new resource recovery initiatives.
- Ensure new move-ins are made aware of your complex's
reduce, resuse and recycle culture; "normalize" the desired behaviours.