Oct 12, 2022
The Recycling Partnership, a national organization focused on improving recycling, recently worked with ACUA and the Town of Hammonton on a pilot project that will help study the impacts of different education methods on recycling behaviors. The project is part of the Partnership's new Center for Sustainable Behavior and Impact that intends to improve and study recycling behaviors across the U.S.
The Partnership was seeking a community that had implemented recycling carts and the ability to measure recycling participation rates. ACUA, the Hammonton Highway Department and the Partnership worked together to develop outreach materials and gather data prior to the study.
In August, a team of professional community organizers went door-to-door to hold conversations with residents about recycling guidelines or leave informative door hangers. Participation and tonnage data pulled from ACUA’s recycling trucks is now being provided to the Partnership to help measure the effectiveness of their outreach efforts.
“The Partnership, with support from Milliken & Company Charitable Foundation and Walmart Foundation, is grateful to Hammonton and ACUA for partnering with us to drive measurable improvement in recycling behaviors at the local and national level," says Sam Lake, Community Program Manager at The Recycling Partnership.
ACUA looks forward to sharing the results of the study when complete and is excited to implement any findings to improve the Authority's recycling outreach efforts throughout Atlantic County.
Learn more about the Recycling Partnership by visiting recyclingpartnership.org