Recycle Right Morgantown is a city initiative to reduce contamination in curbside recycling bins. Along with giving people the right information of what can and can't go in curbside recycling, the initiative will check bins around neighborhoods for contamination in curbside recycling and tag bins with “oops” tags to educate consumers.
Citizen help is needed for this important part of the initiative. Giving people direct feedback on how they are recycling has been shown to have the greatest impact on changing behaviors and teaching people how to recycle right.
Volunteers will make observations in pairs and can participate for one day or for as many weeks as they desire. All volunteers will be provided with essential training, personal protective equipment and will practice social distancing protocols. The first wave will happen on Mondays in August and continue through the year. It is a great fit for sustainability-minded community members as well as students and student organizations including those enrolled in service-learning courses. Other projects that do not involve bin inspection are available, including virtual opportunities.
To talk about how your group can be involved, contact Vanessa Reaves at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-288-8961.
Recycle Right Morgantown is an official community partner of the Center for Service and Learning.