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Orlando Public Schools
adopt the standardized labels!
Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) received the generous donation of 25,000 standardized recycling and landfill labels for our recycling bins from the Bank of America and Recycle Across America. The standardized labels were distributed to the 184 district schools prior to the start of the 2015-2016 school year and placed on their respective containers by the OCPS custodial team. A set of 20 schools were chosen to audit before and after the placement of the labels. Additionally, our waste collection vendor, Waste Management, weighed each of the 20 schools dumpsters for a three month period to monitor the amount of material placed in trash or recycling dumpsters.
Data collected during this audit revealed an increase from an average of 2.55 pounds per student to an average 4.81 pounds per student. The total pounds reported by the vendor also revealed an increase of over 26,000 total pounds recycled, which would extrapolate to approximately 239,200 total pounds diverted from the landfill. It is evident that the standardized labels have been instrumental in increasing district recycling and saving money by diverting materials from landfill-bound garbage bins. Based on the results of school staff interviews, the labels are providing a consistent message to prevent confusion on what goes into a recycling container versus a garbage bin.
Why join the standardized label solution?
Confusing labels on recycling bins is causing the recycling industry to collapse. Read more.
standardized labels for recycling bins.
Standardized labels on recycling bins are the #1 solution for the environment today because they make it easier for people to begin to recycle right. Recycling is the most important action society can do to simultaneously help the environment, the economy, manfuacturing and to prevent waste from going into oceans -- but recycling doesn't work if society is confused at the bin. The standardized labels are proven to help increase recycling levels 50-100% and significantly decrease the costly garbage thrown in recycling bins.
It's that simple.