This summer our student surveyed 100 people at the Coop about their recycling habits and knowledge. I reviewed them last week.
Only 10% of people said they don’t recycle. 78% of those who do drop their materials off at the Centre or the trailer and 22% use curbside pickup service.
This is not a very accurate picture of how many people recycle. Those who recycle are more likely to complete a survey than those who don’t and the number of people surveyed was small.
Space in their homes and lack of information are the main difficulties people have when it comes to recycling at 17% each. Laziness and washing containers came in second at 13% each. 20% of people stated they didn’t have any difficulties.
By the way, the Simply Recycle radio ad stating that containers do not need to be rinsed or drained does not apply in our community. We bag materials by hand instead of sorting by machine. It also means that ravens and bears don’t hang around once they realize everything is clean.
The survey indicated only 32% had seen, heard or read about beverage container recycling. Newspaper ad was the highest at 22%. Only 11% had seen a billboard which surprised me. There seems to be one in town almost every week.
Almost everyone knew that beverage containers were recyclable.
Styrofoam is not recyclable. 25% thought it was and 21% weren’t sure. Juice boxes are recyclable. 17% thought they were not recyclable and 17% were not sure. Drink pouches were the most unknown with 34% unsure. I have asked about this one as I don’t know either. The answer will be here next week.