Education / Promotion

Promoting recycling/waste reduction is essential to the success of a program. Unlike most operational areas, recycling/waste reduction require a change in the cultural behavior. In order to implement this system, creative education and promotional activities must compliment the operations.


Mt Trashmore @ Northwestern University in Illinois 2012

When considering educational opportunities, remember there is not one panacea for getting the word out. People respond to different cues. Some folks respond to pictures, others to printed words. By diversifying educational/promotional activities, you increase the percentage of people that will be reached.

There are many opportunities to implement waste education into all campus practices. Incorporating this information into daily operations is important. Include highlighting the Recycling Program through new student and employee orientation, campus tours, regular advertisement in the campus news paper, notes added on pay check envelopes-onto all campus printed materials (please recycle this!). There are many opportunities to promote the idea of waste reduction and recycling and also promote your school and program in the process.

A college campus has numerous resources through student groups, academic classes and student volunteer opportunities. Professors are always looking for practical application projects for their classes. This is especially true in business, environmental studies, journalism and advertising classes.

Work with Professors to incorporate projects that will benefit the UO Zero Waste Program efforts. College classes can produce valuable work such as: business plans, surveys, advertising campaigns, environmental audits and more.

Program Visibility
*Recycling Programs on college campuses serve another important function for the Universities: great PR! Often recycling programs have a difficult time making inroads on college campuses because though they are operational, they often end up in facilities areas, which do not traditionally understand the concept of administration, education and promotion. Recycling Programs offer great PR opportunities for Universities just merely by the presence of recycling systems on campus. When students preview Universities to attend, seeing recycling containers gives a message that the school has an environmental awareness which also indicates that the school cares for the campus community. Additionally, as institutions of higher education, our job is to create contributing community citizens. At the University of Oregon, this is modeled through our motto: "Recycling is Higher Education!"

*Create a program name. Many campuses call their recycling department, Campus Recycling or Zero Waste Program. Others incorporate the name of the school for example: "Vermont Recycles". Due to the inconsistency of where recycling programs end up being administered, it is important to create a name that makes the program accessible. Folks do not automatically know that the recycling department is located within facilities or the administration or student government. Additionally, recycling programs are very unique in that they are an operational function that involves much more administration then typical trade functions or even custodial functions. Recycling Programs also incorporate ed/promo into their operations and involve other aspects such as creating conservation practices within existing University procedures. With good PR and convenient collections, waste management will become an economic success.

*Create a catchy program logo. This can be put on all recycling collection stations, program vehicles, signs, printed materials, employee T-shirts, newsletters, posters, recycling containers. A program logo is the foundation for building a recycling program. It identifies the program and also inspires the practice. This could just be as simple as utilizing the generic recycling symbol with the name of your school.

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Buy Recycled Game Food Waste Audits
Fun Junk Function Garbage Art
Paper Making Paper Tree Display
Waste Audits "Weigh-In" Week or Carry Your Trash Event
Cans Across Campus Trash Bash
Monster Trash Recycling Bash Earth Festival
Competitions/Contests Eco-Fair
Pre-Earthday Celebration

Kids Stuff To Do
Earth Friendly
Activities for Kids
Educating Children
about Recycling
Kids' Page Office of Water
National Geographic Kids
Recipes for Reuse

Staging Events
America Recycles Day
Beyond Tabling
Breaking the Display Barrier
Clothing, Food etc...Drives
COW (Compost on Wheels)
Factoid Signs
Fashion Show
Garbage Art
Grassroots Action
Grocery Bag Display
Guess the Resource
Guess the Weight
HHW Game
Kids Parade
Lid Toss
Life in the Recycle Forest Mural
Mini Garbage Can Sort
Mountain of Trash
Paper Sorting Game
Recycle Calendars
Recycle Elves and Fairies
Recycle Family
Recycled Art Contest/Exhibit
Re-use Parade
Samples of Products
Shopping Game
Trash Walk
Tree Giveaway
What Comes From Trees?
Wheel Game

Promotional Ideas
Announcements at Events
Giving Awards
Information Center
Radio Ads
Clip Art
Messages on University Literature
Recycling Guideline Posters
Caribbeaners keychains
Collection Sites
Multi-lingual Information
Refillable Mugs
Reusable Chico Bags
Department Presentations
Department and Student Recycling Listserve
Newspaper Ads
Stop the Junk Mail Campaign
Newspaper Column
Table Tents
Door Hangers
Other Printed Materials
.Education / Promotional Materials
Other Promotional Items
Universal Language Posters
Fleet Advertisements
Phone Messages
Get the word out!
Press Releases
Waste Audits
Getting Awards
Program Brochure
Program Logo
Haute Trash Fashion Show
Eco-friendly Inaugural – Ball Gowns from Garbage

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