A lot of people have good intentions when it comes to recycling but they forget to do it. Social scientists say this is a main problem with humans sustaining an activity. The use of prompts to remind us can work to change behavior.
Prompts should be made to encourage households to recycle with reminders as to what can be recycled in their community or the day of the week that their recycling will be picked up. Simple prompts can be very effective at reminding and encouraging participation in curbside recycling programs.
Here are some tips about using prompts:
Dawn, from Harris Teeter, discusses the use of 'shelf talkers' in the grocery store. Consumers like to be reminded or educated about the products they buy. Using shelf talkers, Harris Teeter indicates which products can be easily recycled once you are through using them.
Look at using stickers, door hangers, magnets, key chains, bags, etc. Below are some local government sample prompts.
Magnets with local recycling information
Stickers placed near faucets can be used as prompts to remind people to turn off the water or report leaks
Key chains about oil recycling and anti-littering
Food scraper for fats, oil and grease education and a rain gauge for water conservation information
Koosie for college students
Doorhangers for hotel sustainability issues
N.C. Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service • Mailing Address: 1639 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1639 • Physical Address: 217 W. Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27603 • Toll Free: (877) 623-6748