Mastering Recycling in Public Spaces
Little things like location of bins and signage can make a big difference.
March 22, 2018
By Arlene Karidis
While recycling at home, work or school comes with challenges, it’s relatively straightforward. Recycling in less-familiar public spaces isn’t, however, and it presents unique hurdles.
“You can get information to people about curbside recycling, for instance, which they tend to retain. The process rarely changes, so they know what to do from day to day. But with public spaces, it’s hard to get information out. Plus, there is often no uniformity from one place to another,” says Alec Cooley, director of recycling programs at Keep America Beautiful (KAB).
The key to ensuring success of “public space” programs is keeping the message brief, simple and clear—and making recycling convenient.