Waste Resources

This section of the site provides quick access to case studies and helpful on-line social marketing resources for those involved with waste management. We welcome suggestions for additional case studies and resources.

 

Latest News

Nov. 23, 2016 Six New Materials Added in this Topic Category in 2016
We've added one new case studies and five new resources this past year. You can see the case studies in the left hand column below and the resources in the right hand column below. Let us know what you think.
December 8, 2015 New Landmark Case Study has Strong Waste-Reduction Component
Read how LEED helps reduce waste in its certified buildings, in the left hand column below.
 

Most Recent Waste Reduction Case Studies

Alameda’s Green Purchasing Program  Environment

This innovative green purchasing program engaged hundreds of event planners and over 18,000 event participants to build a new county culture of sustainable and healthy gatherings in Alameda County, California. In only six weeks, its promotion competition enrolled 192 events and meetings, reaching over 9,200 attendees with model green & healthy practices.

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Landmark Case Study LEED  EnvironmentHealth

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a tremendously successful program that engages builders and owners in designing, building, selling / buying and operating more energy-efficient buildings. It awards points for meeting targets and doing targeted behaviors like benchmarking and tracking energy and water consumption, using specific types of materials, and recycling waste materials. It has become the most used green building rating system out there, adopted in more than 150 countries and territories worldwide. The program received Landmark designation in 2015.

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Recycle Right  Environment

Bankstown, Australia tested a range of options for reducing waste contamination. 

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Recycle-Bowl: Competition Fosters School Recycling  Environment

Keep America Beautiful created a competition called Recycle-Bowl that uses the Tools of Change to encourage recycling behavior in K-12 schools. The program has been successful at invigorating school development of and participation in recycling programs.

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Compost Coaching: House-Calls Help Reduce Waste  Environment

This case study is a great model for increasing composting rates, reducing waste generation and reducing tonnages placed curbside for collection through coaching. It also reports on a study of diversion rates from backyard composting that showed that diversion from backyard composting is usually under-estimated.

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Boosting Recycling at U. of A.  Environment

A great model of applying CBSM to increase participation in campus in campus recyling programs. The University of Alberta's program increased diversion 8-24% and reduced plastic contamination of organics by 16%.

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UGA Recycling Bin Feedback  Environment

The University of Georgia, funded by the Environmental Research and Education Foundation, designed and tested a recycling bin that lit up and displayed a count with the number of items that had been placed into the bin. The bins with feedback increased recycling rates significantly.

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Backyard Composting in Langley B.C.  Environment

Two webinars are currently available that document this program.

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User Pay for Residential Waste Pickup in Ontario (Research Alert)  Environment

This research alert, reprinted from an article in Solid Waste and Recycling Magazine, provides an overview of the growth of user-pay for residential waste pickup in Ontario, including pricing. It was written by Maria Kelleher and John Dixie Enviros-RIS, based on surveys they conducted.

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Switch Out Mercury Recovery Program  EnvironmentHealth

The Switch Out program draws on the voluntary assistance of Canadian automotive recyclers to remove light switches containing mercury from end-of-life vehicles. Initiated by the Clean Air Foundation (CAF) in June 2001, Switch Out has significantly reduced the impact of mercury disposal into the environment.

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Quebec's Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides  EnvironmentHealth

The Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides (CAP) brought about a quick change in thinking regarding pesticides, and engaged citizens and other organizations to organize their own pesticide reduction efforts, with their Pesticide Free Naturally campaign in the province of Quebec, Canada. Their program used action kits with lawn signs, community workshops and events, low-cost memberships and mass media. A survey included with the action kits (self reported) indicated changes in pesticide use as well. This campaign built on the one originally developed by the Green Communities Association.

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Fork It Over!  EnvironmentHealth

Fork it Over! is a peer-to-peer initiative that helps food businesses in Portland Oregon to donate surplus prepared, perishable foods that have not been served, by showing that it is safe, simple and the right thing to do. It recruits food businesses to make written, public commitments to donate food regularly, reinforces and publicizes those commitments, and prompts action at the moment when donations are available. It also leverages partnership support from key industry leaders and associations to reinforce the social and cultural value of food donation, and provides regular reinforcement for participating through free advertising.

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Promoting Sustainable Agriculture in Panama  EnvironmentHealth

This case study describes the experiences of a Canadian woman working as a project leader promoting sustainable agriculture in a rural village in Panama. It provides some tips on improving the success of programs aimed at promoting sustainable agriculture, with a focus on building partnerships and achieving buy-in.

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Sustainable Okotoks, Alberta  Environment

Unprecedented steps have been taken by the Town of Okotoks, Alberta to ensure its long-term sustainability. The community has devised a sustainable development plan that rests on four guiding principles: environmental stewardship, economic opportunity, social conscience and fiscal responsibility.

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Halifax Waste Resource Management Strategy  Environment

The Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), along with public and private partners, has implemented an innovative strategy for the on-site separation of wet, dry and recyclable waste at both residential and business sources. Operational since January 1999, the Halifax approach demonstrates an environmentally sound alternative to incineration or raw waste land-filling and continues to generate national and international interest.

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Most Recent Waste Reduction Resources

Engaging Teachers to Communicate Scientific Consensus on Climate Change and Other Topics  EnvironmentHealthSafety

When consensus about a risk or mitigating behavior is newly developed and/or not clearly understood, communicating that consensus through teachers / instructors can be critical. While this blog entry focuses on climate change, it may also apply to new understandings in many topic areas.

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Zero Waste Palo Alto  Environment

Adapt-for-your-own cart corral signs, posters, signs, static window clings, reminder kit, etc. are available from the City of Palo Alto's reusable bag campaign. Use the links in the Highlights Section below to access the materials as the usual URL link is not working. 

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Program Impact Attribution  EnvironmentHealthSafety

This document provides a brief summary of options for assessing what portion of any measured behavior changes resulted from your program and what portion resulted from other influences. These options can also be used to attribute the affects of your program on a wide range of related variables such as resources used, pollutants released, accident rates and health status.

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Program Evaluation Methods; Measurement and Attribution of Program Results  EnvironmentHealthSafety

A good, detailed, freely accessible overview of program evaluation and attribution methods.

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Illegal Dumping Research Report  Environment

The overriding objective of this research was to explore the motivations of people who dump waste illegally, and the influential factors which may bring about a change in behaviour among these groups of people. This research provides a benchmark for monitoring changes in attitudes, behaviours and experiences relating to illegal dumping.

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US Government Uses Prompt and Disincentive to Boost Double-Sided Printing  Environment

A dialog box that asked employees to change their default printer setting to double-sided after employees had initiated a single-sided print job increased the likelihood of double-sided printing by 5.8 percentage points, from a baseline of 46 percent.

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Infographic on Reducing Your Bottled Water Footprint (USA)  Environment

While information alone is rarely enough to change behaviours, some good facts can be useful. Here's the scoop on bottled water in the USA.

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A History of Household Recycling in Canada and the USA  Environment

History of household blue box recycling in Canada (since 1974)

History of household recycling in the USA (back to 1939) 

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UBC Campus Sustainability Engagement and Social Marketing Strategy - Review of Related Research and Similar Programs  Environment

This literature review summarizes behavioral barriers, benefits and interventions related to campus / institutional energy, water and waste-related behaviors.

 

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Creative Gallery on Sustainability Communications  EnvironmentHealth

Covers a wide range of sustainability topics. Includes on-line, print and videos

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Influencing Behaviours Evidence Library  EnvironmentHealth

Brings many key evidence sources on pro-environmental behavior change together in one place and allows quick access to those freely available online

Themes include: home energy, travel, food choices, waste, shopping

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Media / Materials Clearinghouse  EnvironmentHealthSafety

An international clearinghouse for those with an interest in health communication materials: pamphlets, posters, audiotapes, videos, training materials, job aids, electronic media and other media/materials designed to promote public health.

Materials are available for a wide range of heath issues including: AIDS (and also condom use, HIV and safer sex), asthma, automobiles, diet, fitness, nutrition (also child nutrition and infant nutrition), physical abuse, psychological abuse and sexual harassment (bullying), tobacco use, traffic safety, transportation, waste management, water (quality, storage, supply, treatment) and wildlife

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Waste Reduction / Recycling Images  Environment

Images are available for use in educational brochures, flyers, advertisements, etc. They may not to be used for commercial purposes.

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Fostering a Sustainable Future  Environment

Includes a guide to community-based social marketing, and sections with articles, brief case studies, graphic examples, and an archived listserv.

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Marketing Public Programs  EnvironmentHealthSafety

Contains numerous brief program descriptions and links related to a range of topics including: children, drinking, drugs, environment (air, conservation, energy, waste, water), food, health (baby, blood and organ donation, disease, fitness, HIV & AIDS, medications and vaccines, mental health, pregnancy, prevention, sex, smoking, sunscreen) and safety (auto, crime, fires, guns, home, infants, recreation, seat belts, violence)

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