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10/01/2013

Why Aren’t More People Recycling?

 
Why aren't more people recycling?

The recycling rate in the U.S. has increased by only 6% over the past decade, according to a new study conducted by researchers at Boston University and University of Alberta.

So what’s stopping people from recycling more?

The findings of the study reveal that the issue may be of a psychological nature. The researchers found that if an item looks damaged, small, ripped, or deformed – a dented can for example – it typically gets tossed in the trash.

However, if the item is viewed as whole – a can that is not dented, a sheet of paper – it is usually sent to the recycling bin.

Encourage Recycling in Your Facility

“This is a ‘mind-set’ issue and I do not believe [we must ask] manufacturers to redesign or repackage their items just so they do not lose their form,” says Stephen Ashkin, CEO of Sustainability Dashboard Tools.

Ashkin suggests that facility managers place signs near bins that alert people that recyclable materials can be recycled in any form – big or small.

Altering people’s perceptions of what is and isn’t recyclable could be a big win for a facility’s sustainability initiative.

The full report was published in the Journal of Consumer Research.

 

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Xcel Energy’s Data Center Efficiency program can help data centers and large-scale IT operations improve reliability and energy efficiency.


Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.

When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality. 

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
CLICK HERE to find out how.


 
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