NICHE RECYCLING

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The Problem

I live in Juno Beach, Florida and I have noticed that there is a large amount of condominiums that do not recycle. This is largely due to the following issues: 1. Most of the condominiums have a very large percentage of part-time residents. The large haulers will only pick-up if there is a year round contract and they bill the entire building, not by volume or occupancy. So the majority of the condo-owners turn down the proposal to recycle. Why should they pay for a service when they are not using it for 6 months of the year? 2. Most condominiums have limited space to place recycling bins for pick-up. Large haulers will only pick up in one area and use large trucks. I have solved the problem by using smaller trucks, a pick-up system that picks up outside the door of each resident or in a few smaller collection areas. When these buildings recycle the benefits are numerous. This reduction of materials in the garbage bins will reduce the number of pick-ups and thus reduce costs . They will also limit the times that the garbage bins are overflowing. This overflow causes not only a smell issue but also "critter" issues. I see this as an opportunity to not only help recycle materials and ultimately help the environment but also a budding new business. I believe we can all look into our own communities and find little things to do that, collectively, will make a big difference. I am now in the process of launching this idea and will update my progress. I will also be looking for other areas that have similar issues.

Plan of Action

I live in Juno Beach, Florida and I have noticed that there is a large amount of condominiums that do not recycle. This is largely due to the following issues: 1. Most of the condominiums have a very large percentage of part-time residents. The large haulers will only pick-up if there is a year round contract and they bill the entire building, not by volume or occupancy. So the majority of the condo-owners turn down the proposal to recycle. Why should they pay for a service when they are not using it for 6 months of the year? 2. Most condominiums have limited space to place recycling bins for pick-up. Large haulers will only pick up in one area and use large trucks. I have solved the problem by using smaller trucks, a pick-up system that picks up outside the door of each resident or in a few smaller collection areas. When these buildings recycle the benefits are numerous. This reduction of materials in the garbage bins will reduce the number of pick-ups and thus reduce costs . They will also limit the times that the garbage bins are overflowing. This overflow causes not only a smell issue but also "critter" issues. I see this as an opportunity to not only help recycle materials and ultimately help the environment but also a budding new business. I believe we can all look into our own communities and find little things to do that, collectively, will make a big difference. I am now in the process of launching this idea and will update my progress. I will also be looking for other areas that have similar issues.

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