There are many places to look and certainly talking to successful recycling
programs and looking at their education programs is going to be helpful.
I'd also like to suggest a document available from the King County
(Seattle) Pollution Control Division.
They did a report a few years back called "Changing Behavior: Insights and
Applications" that deals with all kinds
of conservation behavior including recycling. It has a great checklist of
things to consider and tips on how best to frame
information to achieve behavior change. A preview is available at
You can order the whole report from the e-mail address on the site.
Another great document is put out by the EPA and ILSR and is called
"Cutting the Waste Stream in Half: Community Record-Setter Show How"
It is published by the Solid Waste and Emergency Response division and is
It outlines what 20 or so top waste diverting communities have done and
gives contact #'s.
You can access an on-line version from:
Lastly there is a very extensive database on Fostering Sustainable behavior
put together by Doug McKenzie-Mohr which includes a bibliography of
articles, case studies, and educational materials and is searchable. You
must register, but registration is free.
You can access it at:
Hope that's helpful!
University of Montana
>Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2000 15:05:04 -0700
>From: "Katy Bryce" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>To: "Green Yes" <email@example.com>
>Subject: [GRRN] Education Programs
>This is a multi-part message in MIME format.
> I work for a non-profit organization that operates the recycling =
>processing facility for our county. We also do most of the waste =
>reduction and recycling education for our region.
>Here's what I am interested in: =20
> I am preparing to start a research project that will look at other =
>regions' education and outreach programs to determine the most effective =
>ways to change recycling behavior and increase recovery, or more =
>importantly, decrease waste. First, I want to find out...What works, =
>what doesn't work, how to reach a wider audience, etc. I am interested =
>in ANY information that relates to effectiveness of education programs. =
>Second, we are thinking about conducting a large-scale survey in our =
>county to understand residents' awareness and knowledge about waste =
>reduction and recycling. ANY information on this topic would be =
>appreciated as well.
> I'm willing to sort through any type of sources: Internet, =
>periodicals, books, studies, etc. =20
>Katy Bryce, Education Coordinator
>The Recycling Team
>61020 27th Street
>Bend, OR 97701
>email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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