Recycling efforts on an individual level make a positive impact, but by encouraging others to participate in this activity, the impact to reduce waste can be even more significant. Local recycling centers are conveniently located and often open all day and night, but hosting a recycling drop-off day in your community can get residents excited to join in.
Organize a small-scale recycling drop-offOrganizing a recycling drop-off day doesn’t necessarily mean you have to go global with it. You can drum up eco-friendly participants right in your hometown.
Start with your friends, family and neighbors and increase their awareness. For example, offer to host a casual social gathering with appetizers and drinks in exchange for people bringing their recyclables to your curbside. Not everyone utilizes curbside pick-up, and you can take this opportunity to discuss how you set yours up — providing neighbors with handy calendars noting the pick-up schedule is a great gift. Recycling at the curb actually has a higher recovery rate in comparison to drop-offs since it’s more convenient.Another option is to have everyone meet at a local recycling center. Show them around the center so they can become familiar with the recycling processes. It doesn’t hurt to bring a bag of cookies or treats to show your appreciation for them coming out.