I need some advice. Our trash service is Republic and they offer curbside recycling for a $6 monthly fee. On trash day we are the only house in the neighborhood who has our blue can with the yellow lid out to recycle. I’ve been in other neighborhoods where nearly everyone is recycling. Do you have any suggestions on how I can educate and promote recycling in my neighborhood?
I’d like to phone a friend. This question is so important, I’ve asked Indiana’s greatest recycling resource for help. Here’s what Carey at Indiana Recycling Coalition has to say…
Your question is most appreciated and is one we’ve received before, many times, at the IRC.
Because Indianapolis charges a fee for curbside recycling and because one never knows the financial pressures that our neighbors may face, it’s not always cool to suggest someone pay the fee.
However, there are helpful ways to have this important conversation. Does your neighborhood have an email list or Facebook page? Share the following information however you can:
1) Point out the resource conservation benefits of recycling. Here’s one of many startling recycling facts: Making an aluminum can out of a recycled can vs. raw material saves 95% of the energy required to manufacture the new can. The raw materials are also conserved!
2) Let them know that recycling creates jobs. In fact, for every ton of material recycled vs. trashed, approximately 10 jobs (mostly local jobs – transporting, sorting and processing recyclables) are created in our economy.
3) Inform them about the different ways to participate. If the curbside collection fee is not in their budget, let them know about the drop off sites around town.
•EcoPoint is a great resource to find drop off locations for a wide range of recyclables.
•Recycle Indianapolis drop off bins for glass, plastic, metals and paper are all around town.
Share these facts and encourage your neighbors to do their part for our environment and our economy!
Executive Director, Indiana Recycling Coalition
P.s., Hey Stacie, maybe I’ll see you at the IRC Celebration, Revent, on November 17 at the Harrison Center. Invite your neighbors!