A. Abington Township, Pa. - Incentive project
Abington Township in eastern Pennsylvania conducted an incentive program which sought to increase recycling participation rates. The township took portions of different incentive programs and formulated a unique program to fit its community. After the inception of the introductory pilot program, the township went on to significantly increase its trash diversion rate by 53 percent. Ed Micciolo, the public works director of the township, emphasized that it was essential for the township to first run a pilot program which effectively diagnosed areas that would need additional support.By first running a smaller pilot program, the large scale infrastructure shift was a success.
B. Boston University Medical Campus, Mass. - New recycling program
The Boston University Medical Campus started a recycling pilot in a select number of its buildings. The sustainability committee, which was created to facilitate the recycling efforts, created a number of social marketing materials to help promote the recycling pilot program. This effort has been formulated so that there is currently one recycling tote per floor; however, that can be revised if certain areas are found to be recycling more vigorously than others. The medical campus hopes that through running this initial pilot it will be able to implement a large scale recycling program for the entire facility in the near future.
C. King County, Wash. - Multi-family educational project
King County conducted a pilot program for a variety of multi-family housing units within the county. In total, the pilot affected 233 units and provided effective recycling options for those living in apartment and condo communities. They tested four cubic yard blue dumpsters, six cubic yard dumpsters and eight cubic yard dumpsters. Once a week recycling services were provided to the residents while their trash was picked up twice weekly. The community made an effort to properly mark all containers with explicit directions on what material was acceptable in the given receptacles. Additionally one resident was made a volunteer representative to ensure that the recycling process ran effectively.