Effective signage increases participation in diversion programs and reduces material contamination.
Other P&E tools for depots
P&E programs aimed at depot users can be delivered in many forms:
- On-site information: signage, brochures, attendant outreach
- Off-site information: calendars, newspaper advertisements, articles in community newsletters, posters, fliers, outreach at community events or meetings, websites.
In 2015, the Municipality of West Nipissing focused on increasing participation and improving sorting behaviour by developing handouts and flyers and by updating signage for existing depot bins. The flyers were distributed using two methods:
- Hand delivered by municipal staff at manned depots
- Mail-out to residents that access unmanned depot locations
Visual studies were used to monitor incoming contamination and identify the most abundant contaminants. This information was relayed in the P&E literature.
As a result of the P&E efforts, staff report that more residents are using the depots and the tonnage collected has increased 10% since the base year. Read the full report here.
In 2015, the Township of French River upgraded its depot and created a P&E program for the local/seasonal residents to promote recycling and encourage participation. The P&E focused on messages about the value of recycling and the extra costs to the Township (and tax impacts) of placing recyclables in waste receptacles. The efforts resulted in a 12% increase in the recycling rate from the previous year. Read the final report.