Educate, Don't Contaminate! A Toolkit to Clean up Recycling

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

In 2019, ecomaine, waste manager for 400,000 people in Maine, along with four municipal partners, piloted an internship program to address costly recycling contamination.  Before heading out into the communities, interns received a deep dive training into the waste hierarchy and the recent changes to the recycling market. Over 8 weeks, interns tagged recycling bins and provided residents with educational materials on proper recycling that utilized community-based social marketing principles. Following the success of the pilot, the partners created a toolkit for communities facing high contamination rates to implement a similar program.

Join the Northeast Resource Recovery Association, your recycling nonprofit, for this recorded webinar to discuss these issues. Lucy Perkins is the Sustainability Program Coordinator in South Portland, ME. Matt Grondin is the Communications Manager at ecomaine.

Participants say: "I learned about the rate of contamination. I like the idea of having summer interns to track recycling."

Fee and payment Information:

  • FREE for all NRRA members.  Contact info@nrrarecycles.org for access to the free discount code to use when registering.
  • NRRA Not-yet-member pricing: $50
  • It is easiest and fastest to register online with a credit card. However, if you require NRRA to invoice you, please email info@nrrarecycles.org to receive a code to register. 
  • Viewing this Webinar is eligible for 1.0 NHDES training credit. To receive your credit certificate, please notify info@nrrarecycles.org once you’ve watched the webinar. We will need to verify your viewing of the webinar and then we will issue your credit to the email used to sign into the recording.