Designing Successful Public Space Recycling Programs
More facility locations such as airports, malls, parks and commercial buildings are moving to introduce recycling to public areas. The many success stories of these programs have been countered by hobbled examples of chronic, cross-contaminated bins. Facility managers frequently make the wrong conclusion that people are not willing to recycle correctly. However, experience from successful programs and studies of common behavior traits have shown that relatively simple design practices can prod users to correctly place waste items in respective bins. This presentation will review best practices such as placement, label messaging, bin color and other design elements for setting up effective recycling programs.
1. Review extensive survey data from facility managers documenting common operational practices for public area recycling programs
2. List common attitudes and behavior patterns of that influence how people use trash and recycling receptacles
3. State common planning and design mistakes that lead to contaminated recycling bins
4. Learn simple but effective design and placement tips to encourage proper recycling behavior