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A good way to encourage recycling?

How do you get people to recycle more?

I’ve lived in a few different parts of Britain over the last few years. Each council treats recycling differently.

In Warwick, it was – after a shambolic introduction – somewhat of a Nazi affair: up to six different bins for each item. Grey bins couldn’t be overfilled, each red box had to have different contents they had to be sorted neatly or they would be left by the side of the road.

In Stratford, also in Warwickshire, it was very similar; they had a bit more of a user friendly system in place.

Now I’m in Hull, and there’s not nearly as much faffing around. Two boxes…one for paper, one for everything else. Quite easy. But the council are doing other things to make sure we keep up the good work – like texting people to remind them to put their boxes out:

“Up to 6000 residents have already subscribed to the council’s text reminder service for the blue recycling bins. The evening before the blue bin collection, the council texts those residents to remind them to take their bins to the kerb. The success of the text service prompted the council to launch its email service.” (council press release)
Simple idea – but makes a big difference. More of this please!

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