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Waste Awareness Campaigns

Logistics, Recycling Topics, Sustainability

Waste Awareness Campaigns

December 09, 2016, Jenni Moon

The consumer psyche is complex and challenging to fully comprehend. Marketers work tirelessly to figure out ways to get people to change their spend patterns, all the while influencing people’s tastes and preferences. It’s no different when it comes to getting people to understand the magnitude of their impacts around waste.

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Successful Waste Management Takes Commitment, Not Cash

Planning, Sustainability, Waste and Recycling

Successful Waste Management Takes Commitment, Not Cash

June 15, 2016, Amanda Simons

Recycling has come a long way since the mid 80’s when the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” slogan became the official chant of the green movement.

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Defining Waste & Recycling Success

Planning, Recycling Topics, Sustainability

Defining Waste & Recycling Success

April 13, 2016, Roger Guzowski

As the sustainable-materials-management industry has grown since the 1980s, we have added a lot of goals, regulations and reports. And in those, we use a lot of terms. But what do we mean when we use those terms? Too often, what makes a recycling program a rousing success or a spectacular failure comes down not to efforts, investments, programs, but merely definitions.

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Sustainability at Student Orientation

Education, Sustainability, Waste and Recycling

Sustainability at Student Orientation

August 08, 2014, Roger Guzowski

Orientation for new college & university students is almost here. Whether your orientation is a weekend or an entire week, it can be an important but tricky opportunity. At many schools you have every member of the incoming class concentrated into a handful of events or even a single event. If you can get into that event, or events, it provides a tremendous opportunity to access and convey information to the entire incoming student body.

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The New Math, Part 5

Recycling Process, Sustainability, Waste and Recycling

The New Math, Part 5

April 25, 2014, Roger Guzowski

A tremendous amount of the energy that we consume and greenhouse gasses that we emit worldwide comes from making “stuff.”

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The New Math, Part 4

Recycling Process, Sustainability, Waste and Recycling

The New Math, Part 4

April 24, 2014, Roger Guzowski

There is a new math of greenhouse gas accounting by which some people are viewing and evaluating everything...

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The New Math, Part 3

Recycling Process, Sustainability, Waste and Recycling

The New Math, Part 3

April 23, 2014, Roger Guzowski

I would argue that any climate action plan that omits stuff - the stuff we buy, the stuff we use, the stuff we throw away - is at best incomplete.

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The New Math, Part 2

Recycling Process, Sustainability, Waste and Recycling

The New Math, Part 2

April 22, 2014, Roger Guzowski

Recycling, composting and reusing materials reduces or eliminates greenhouse gas emissions at various points in the manufacturing process.

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The New Math, Part 1

Recycling Process, Sustainability, Waste and Recycling

The New Math, Part 1

April 21, 2014, Roger Guzowski

Most metrics like WARM that address the lifecycle impacts of "stuff" do not include all of the ancillary impacts related to it.

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Measuring Net Improvements

Metrics, Sustainability, Waste and Recycling

Measuring Net Improvements

March 20, 2014, Roger Guzowski

We talk a lot in absolute terms: “zero waste,” “zero emissions.” But what do we really mean? Are we talking about net improvements, or are we merely transferring problems?

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Pre-Consumer Composting

Compost, Planning, Sustainability

Pre-Consumer Composting

August 30, 2013, Roger Guzowski

There are many reasons why people decide to compost food waste. In some cases, you might be trying to proactively make your operation more sustainable. In other cases, you might only be trying to ward off a group of riled up activists who are approaching your office like villagers storming the gates of Frankenstein’s castle, pitchforks and torches in hand. Regardless of why you are composting food waste, when people think of food waste, they sometimes only think about post-consumer plate scrapings.

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Compost Apocalypse - Is Your Facility Prepared?

Compost, Planning, Sustainability

Compost Apocalypse - Is Your Facility Prepared?

August 23, 2013, Roger Guzowski

With a little planning you can make a food composting program a success – and something that will be positive for everyone involved.

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Embracing the Mundane

Best practices, Planning, Sustainability

Embracing the Mundane

January 18, 2013, Roger Guzowski

I want to change the world. It has been a rallying cry for folks entering the environmental field for a generation. As I near 25 years in this field, I realized something. That I have seen more programs fail, not because of a lack of big ideas, or great ideals, but because of mundane details.

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The Bell Curve, An Interlude

Best practices, Sustainability, Waste and Recycling

The Bell Curve, An Interlude

September 04, 2012, Roger Guzowski

OK, so here’s the mea culpa where I realize that I have probably skipped a step during the time that I have been writing this blog. If you have never seen me speak publicly, there is a core tenet that I often talk about that I have found in my 20+ years of implementing recycling and materials sustainability programs. That is that there is a bell curve of participation.

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Beyond Sustainability, Part 2

Sustainability, Waste and Recycling

Beyond Sustainability, Part 2

August 22, 2012, Roger Guzowski

How resilient is your campus? In part 1 of this post, I addressed some headwinds for the sustainability movement and suggested that resiliency may be a better alternative for many campuses.

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Cardboard Recycling & Student Move In

Education, Sustainability, Waste and Recycling

Cardboard Recycling & Student Move In

August 07, 2012, Roger Guzowski

Cardboard is coming. A lot of it. On campus terms, for many schools, you are looking at as much as an extra month’s worth of cardboard that arrives the first week when students move-in. So what do you do with it all?

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Balance Recycling Drivers

Planning, Sustainability, Waste and Recycling

Balance Recycling Drivers

November 22, 2011, Roger Guzowski

We focus a lot on making recycling easy. We try to make it easy for waste generators to recycle. We try to make it easy to understand. We try to make recycling bins easy to find. Hopefully we focus on trying to make it easy for staff to collect. Yet somehow, too often, we forget to make recycling easy to support. Making your program easy to support is critical to getting the administrative support that you need to sustain the program.

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How On Earth Do You Reach Students?

Education, Sustainability, Waste and Recycling

How On Earth Do You Reach Students?

September 27, 2011, Roger Guzowski

I have been asked some version of that question more times that I can count by more people than I can count. But the same question is asked in many different areas of many different target audiences: residents, employees, etc.

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They're Coming. Are You Ready? Part 2

Education, Sustainability, Waste and Recycling

They're Coming. Are You Ready? Part 2

August 04, 2011, Roger Guzowski

In part 1 of this post, I talked about how much the world has changed. I urged readers to think about their recycling programs and to update them accordingly. The question is how?

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They're Coming. Are You Ready? Part 1

Education, Sustainability, Waste and Recycling

They're Coming. Are You Ready? Part 1

August 02, 2011, Roger Guzowski

The class of 2015 is almost upon us (the year in which the entering 1st year class will graduate from a traditional 4-year college)

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