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Benefits of Recycling Programs in Parks and Recreation Areas

  • Reduce your waste disposal costs
  • Generate revenue
  • Provide convenient recycling opportunities to park visitors

Tips for Establishing Recycling Programs in Parks and Recreation Areas

Beverage containers are the primary type of recyclable generated in parks. In most parks and recreation settings, plastic, glass and aluminum cans are collected in a single waste-stream (mixed in the same containers).

  • Site bins to ensure ease of access, both for visitors and the park staff, volunteers, or contractors tasked with collecting the materials.
  • Make recycling convenient. Place bins near picnic grounds, concession areas, campsites, and parking areas.
  • Cluster recycling bins with trash cans. Its important that recycling bins be placed next to each trash can.
  • In large parks, such as national or state parks that are spread out and occupy many acres of land, place recycling bins in centralized locations, such as near concessionaires, at visitor centers, and near the entrances to trails or exhibits.
  • In small parks, such as those in urban areas, intersperse recycling bins throughout the entire park, typically adjacent to trash cans.

Education is a crucial tool for motivating your visitors and staff to recycle. Below are a few tried-and-true methods to help make recycling successful in parks:

  • Coordinate recycling efforts with park managers and stafftheir acceptance and support of the program are essential for success.
  • Advertise the location of recycling bins in brochures and signs.
  • Use clear and consistent signage.
  • Provide educational brochures about the parks recycling program.
  • Require recycling permits for camping, renting pavilions, and other such activities.
  • Take advantage of every opportunity to convey information about recycling.
  • For parks with controlled access, provide recycling information at the gate or entrance booth, or provide bags for visitors to use for their recyclables.

Benefits of Recycling Programs in Stadiums and other venues

By providing convenient recycling opportunities to visitors both inside and outside, stadiums and other venues can reduce disposal costs and demonstrate their environmental commitment in a cost-effective and high-profile way.

Tips for Establishing Recycling Programs in Stadiums and other venues

  • Plastic and aluminum beverage containers are the most common recyclables generated by fans and visitors, and these materials may be collected either separately or mixed together.
  • Recycling bins and containers should always be located next to trash cans, if possible, to maximize the opportunity and convenience of recycling and to reduce contamination by trash.
  • Recycling containers and bins should be placed in the following areas throughout your venue: Within and adjacent to all concessionaires; parking lots and tailgating areas; top and bottom of bleachers; hallways and lobbies, restrooms, and other public areas where trash cans are sited.
  • Remember that tailgaters generate large amounts of waste and even larger amounts of bottles and cans. Target these areas to collect tailgaters and fans recyclables. Place recycling bins next to each trash can in the parking lot and at stadium entrances and exits.
  • Instruct janitorial staff to conduct two separate picks after the game or eventone for recyclables and one for trash.
  • Ask janitorial staff to conduct a simultaneous trash and recyclable pick after the game with two separate collection bags for trash and recyclables.
  • Enlist volunteers to collect the recyclable materials after a game or event.
  • Educate fans and visitors about what materials are recyclable and where the bins are located.
  • Advertise the location of recycling bins and the importance of using them through printed programs, over the loudspeaker, and on the big screen.