The multi-residential (MR) recycling sector is complex. The challenge of addressing variations in infrastructure, oversight, and demographics can contribute to high blue box contamination and low resident participation rates. With its potential for great diversion, making efforts to address this complexity is well worth municipal attention. This section provides tools, research, and best practices to improve diversion rates, decrease contamination rates, and reduce costs specific to MR Blue Box recycling.
Templates, Tools & Resources
Though written in 2007, this recommended best practice summary contains a wealth of information to assist in understanding and improving municipal blue box programming today. (MR section only)
As of June 2016, CIF was gathering municipal representatives to work through challenges specific to the multi-residential (MR) sector. Through regular meetings, presentations and research, the group added to current multi-residential best practices as identified in KPMG’s Blue Box Program Enhancement and Best Practices Assessment Project.
Following up on KPMG’s cornerstone document, the City of London produced this practical guide, on how to implement the following best practices:
- Building and maintaining a database of all multi-residential properties
- Benchmarking performance and monitoring on a regular basis
- Providing adequate recycling bin capacity
- Providing promotion and education materials
Stewardship Ontario developed a multi-residential print campaign adaptable for local use. Download a zip file with pdf samples as well as adaptable design, image and font files (InDesign and Photoshop). Goals of the campaign are to capture aluminum cans and PET bottles (containers found in lower amounts in the multi-residential sector), focus on easily identifiable recyclables, and incorporate a “back-to-basics” message.
This website has over 4000 studies on waste, including:
- Out of sight, out of mind: Issues and obstacles to recycling in Ontario multi-residential buildings. Calvin Lakhan (2016). A study that examines how various convenience-enhancing tools affect recycling engagement.
- Waste sorting in apartments: integrating the perspective of the user. Isabel Ordonez, Robin Harder, Alexandros Nikitas, Ulrike Rahe (2014). An analysis of how infrastructure affects residents’ recycling behaviour in multi-residential buildings.
- Why doorstepping can increase household waste recycling. A breakdown and analysis of door-to-door recycling education to identify successful components for integration into future promotion activities.