3 Questions To Ask Before Starting A Neighborhood Recycling Program

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A neighborhood recycling program is not only a good way to help the environment, but you and your neighbors could earn some cash back for some of the items that are recycled. Starting a program takes work though. To help you and your neighbors get started, here are some questions to answer during planning.

Who Is Responsible for Collecting and Processing Recyclables?

Your recycling program could fall apart from the beginning if there is not a plan in place to collect the recyclables. Depending on the city in which you live, there could be an existing collection system in place. However, some cities do not offer cash back for recyclables.

One possible way to handle the process of collecting and processing the recyclables is to contract with a recycling pick up service. All the recyclables would be picked up and transported to a recycling center for processing. Before contracting with a service, review the terms and look for one that fits your neighborhood's needs.

What Are You Recycling?

The neighborhood recycling program could be limited to only certain recyclables or you and your neighbors could decide to go bigger. For instance, only contracting for aluminum cans recycling pick up could potentially save time. However, if your neighborhood wants to make a bigger impact, items such as paper and plastics could be included in your program.

Once there is a clear plan for which items your neighborhood program will accept, a handout needs to be created for all your neighbors. The handout needs to include details, such as where to place the recyclables.

What About E-Waste?

Used electronics and electrical parts that are no longer in use are considered e-waste. E-waste cannot be tossed in the recycling bin the same as aluminum cans. Therefore, you and your neighbors need to decide what to do with those items.

Some recycling centers are equipped to handled e-waste, but there are special requirements that must be met before items are accepted. You can also talk to your neighbors about donating items that still work. Some manufacturers even have programs that allow customers to return items for recycling. In some instances, a credit towards the future purchase of another product is offered.

Consult with a recycling pick up service to learn additional questions that should be considered while developing a neighborhood recycling program. Creating a solid plan will help to ensure that the program will operate smoothly once it is started. 

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