As we move through our busy lives, it’s hard to keep track of what does or doesn’t belong in the recycling bin. That’s why WM created the Recycle Right program, the first national, comprehensive recycling education and outreach program built to provide open-source tools to help customers understand how to recycle properly.
How We Help People Recycle Right
We partner with states, cities and businesses across North America to broaden conversations and elevate understanding around the impact individual behavior can have in fostering sustainable consumption and production patterns.
Through resources, explanations of common recycling myths and concise lists of acceptable recycling materials, Recycle Right provides answers for residents, businesses, educators, property managers and government institutions seeking recycling know-how. Brochures, posters, decals, videos and other resources are all available for download as part of our toolkits. Plus, municipalities and commercial customers can take advantage of a free widget that directs consumers to our Recycle Right website. For educators, we created a standards-based, interactive learning recycling curriculum designed to align with the Next Generation Science Standards.
We regularly update the Recycle Right website with real-time information and solutions to help consumers recycle properly. For example, since plastic bags are not acceptable to recycle in commercial or curbside recycling programs, we developed a commercial, reusable recycling bag toolkit to provide businesses the necessary tools to train janitorial staff and employees to recycle without using plastic bags or liners. Similarly, we created a multifamily toolkit to help property managers and residents set up their recycling programs for success. With Recycle Right reusable tote bags, residents of multifamily properties can easily transport recyclables to their bins.
To keep Recycle Right messaging top of mind, our Canadian colleagues and neighbors celebrated Waste Reduction Week, leading up to America Recycles Day, by leveraging social media to share best practices on how to reduce waste. Insights focused on the circular economy, textiles, e-waste, plastics, food waste and other key components of recycling right and living sustainably.