Set Up Your Program

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If you’re ready to set up a recycling program for your beverage containers, it’s best to begin with a little planning. Consider the people that might need to be involved, set some ground rules up front and try to imagine what your successful recycling program might look like.

Identify a leader

Any successful project needs committed leadership. A good leader knows the environmental, financial and social benefits of recycling beverage containers and will help with momentum.

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Consistency

Having someone involved who is willing to ensure the proper use and maintenance of recycling bins really helps.

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Communication

A lead recycler will ensure there is plain-language signage, answer questions about beverage container recycling and celebrate the success of the program.

It’s all about the details

When you first set up a recycling program, it can be helpful to decide in advance what’s important to you and the people using the program and what will help keep things running smoothly.

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Permission

Sometimes senior management, a condo board, municipality or another landowner needs to approve the program before the program begins.

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Proceeds

Recyclers often choose to donate the containers or proceeds to a local club, school, charity or even an individual.

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Maintenance

Someone needs to be responsible for the cleanliness and maintenance of recycling bins and signage.

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Reporting

Keep your receipts from a Depot or pick-up service to track financial information and help measure your environmental impact.

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