As part of its mission to build and sustain vibrant communities, Keep America Beautiful has several initiatives aimed at expanding and improving the effectiveness of public space recycling programs, also referred to as recycling on the go (“ROGO”). KAB works with corporate sponsors to place recycling bins in public spaces including parks, schools, streetscapes, fairs, venues, colleges, and special events. In addition to expanding recycling infrastructure to increase convenience, KAB is committed to staying on the cutting edge of social science research as it relates to recycling and believes in a data-driven approach to increasing recycling participation. Through research projects, best practice guides and other technical initiatives, KAB is working to understand what motivates recycling behavior and leads to increased recovery, and then disseminate this information to local communities implementing public space recycling programs.

Public Space Recycling at Fairs

Public Space Recycling at Fairs

Review and download helpful tools, templates, signage and reports developed to promote recycling programs at state and county fairs.



Designing Successful Public Space Recycling Programs

The following 10 Tips guide is a comprehensive guide for designing a successful public space recycling program.

Please contact Alec Cooley at acooley@kab.org with any questions or comments.

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Full 12-Page Guide

Abbreviated 1-Page Overview

 



Going Public

Read KAB article from the July 2013 issue of Resource Recycling discussing how behavior research can help improve the design of public space recycling programs.

Download the pdf: Going Public. Resource Recycling, (2013)

Help Map Public Recycle Bins

Keep America Beautiful is embarking on a project to map public space recycling bins. Through this project, KAB can inventory where bins are being placed, see community leaders, identify areas needing infrastructure and provide the recycling industry information regarding public space collection penetration.  Help us build a map of public space recycling bins and map your bins here.

BIN DESIGN & PLACEMENT

Duffy & Verges, (2008). It Matters A Hole Lot: Perceptual Affordances of Waste Containers Influence Recycling Compliance

  • Impact of restrictive lids on behavior
Ludwig, Gray & Rowell (1998.) Increasing Recycling In Academic Buildings: A Systematic Replication

  • Placement of bins in academic buildings
Montazeri, Gonzalez, Yoon & Papalambros, (2012). Color, Cognition, and Recycling: How The Design of Everyday Objects Prompt Behavior Change

  • Color of recycling bin as a cue to influence behavior
O’Connor, Hodde, Lerman & Fritz, (2010). Effects of Number and Location of Bins on Plastic Recycling at a University

 

MESSAGING / SIGNAGE

Werner, Stoll, Birch & White, (2002). Clinical Validation and Cognitive Elaboration: Signs That Encourage Sustained Recycling-

  • Testing different sign messaging to persuade people to recycle.
Konrod, Grinstein & Wathieu, (2012). Go Green! Should Environmental Messages Be So Assertive?

  • Impact of using strong vs gentler phrasing in environmental messaging

Keep America Beautiful and George Washington University Professor Dr. Monique Turner (2014) conduct survey to study bin shape, color and signage.

  • Survey results on bin shape and signage

 

INFLUENCING RECYCLING BEHAVIOR

Schultz, Oskamp & Mainieri, (1995). Who Recycles and When? A review of Personal and Situational Factors

  • Literature review of behavioral studies related to recycling
De Young (1989). Exploring the Difference Between Recyclers and Non-Recyclers: The Role of Information

  • Confusion as a barriers to recycling behavior

CASE STUDIES

Venue Recycling in the U.S.A. NAPCOR, (2008)
Development of Best Practices
in Public Space Recycling, Part 1
Eureka Recycling, Minneapolis, Minnesota, (2011)
. Download Part 2 and Part 3
NYC Public Space Recycling Pilot Program, New York City Department of Sanitation, Bureau of Waste Prevention Reuse and Recycling (2007)

GUIDES & TEMPLATES

Green Event Planning Guide. Keep Kansas City Beautiful, (2011)
Guidelines for Public Place Recycling in Shopping Precincts and Public Places. EnviroCom Australia (2013)
Lend-A-Bin MOU Template
Lend-A-Bin Report Form Template
State and County Fair Recycling Resources. Keep America Beautiful (2013)

 

Archived Webinars

Recycling on the Go
September 12, 2013

Public Space Recycling Grants

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group/ Keep America Beautiful
Public Park Recycling Bin Grant

Recycling on the Go Series, Part I
Learning from the National Experts
June 13, 2012
Coca Cola Foundation/Keep America Beautiful
Bin Grant
Recycling on the Go Series, Part II
Special Event Recycling
July 20, 2012
Recycling on the Go Series, Part III
Designing Effective Public Space Recycling Programs
August 9, 2012
Promoting Recycling Behavior: What Works
August 20, 2014