Be a leader in thought and action

Recycling bins for universities who want to make a difference

Around the world, the focus on sustainable practices continues to grow and there is pressure from all sides to change our behaviours. The younger generations, in particular, want to use their time and resources to make an impact.

For universities, this is bringing around a new kind of student who are increasingly socially and environmentally aware – and willing to do the hard work to make a difference. This means there is rising pressure for you as an organisation to be a leader in both thought and action.

Recycling is one of the easiest ways to reduce your
environmental footprint

Often recycling is perceived to be confusing, time-consuming and, ultimately, put into the ‘too hard’ basket. But we have been trying to create recycling habits with ineffective tools – recycling bins are ugly and hidden in corners, while waste bins are frequently placed around a space. Particularly on a campus where individuals move around frequently, for recycling to be a habit bins need to stand out, be clear and consistent.

Recycling is one of the easiest ways to reduce your environmental footprint, but how do you make it successful on a campus full of thousands of students? Method has the answer.

Method began with the desire to make a difference: the co-founders Steven and India wanted to design a recycling bin that effectively changes recycling behaviours in modern spaces.

The award-winning bins can be now found helping universities across Australia and New Zealand to recycle more and waste less, including Melbourne University, Auckland University, and Victoria University, as well as leading organisations around the world such as Foster + Partners, the Sydney Cricket Ground and The Office Group. Are you ready to make a difference on your campus and be a leader in the UK?

Make bins work for you

Let’s be honest here: recycling takes a certain amount of motivation at the personal level. Whether that’s taking the time to educate ourselves, seeking to find the right bin or even simply taking a few extra steps to recycle. But Method believes in the power of standardisation, consistency and visibility to make recycling convenient and a habit for individuals.

Method’s 60L recycling and waste bins are colour coded to complement modern spaces while matching industry standards. The bins are designed to be placed together to form flexible recycling stations that are then located consistently throughout a space or campus.

Bringing the colour-coded stations out into the open-plan design of modern spaces makes the bins stand out, easy to find and the same in all areas. So when individuals move from one building or space to another, the bins are all the same. This is particularly important for universities where often most buildings have a unique design and layout.

Bringing the colour-coded stations out into the open-plan design of modern spaces makes the bins stand out

Most importantly, regular interaction with consistent bins means that recycling will become an unconscious behaviour; while making recycling more convenient than general waste options. Further, by bringing recycling and waste out into the open, you increase accountability. When individuals are in the view of others, they’re more likely to consider where their waste should go, even subconsciously.

Method at the Sydney Cricket Ground

The Sydney Cricket Ground introduced Method bins when they were looking to implement an effective sorting system for their 1.5 million visitors each year. Method are facilitating the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust with their waste management objectives, helping them separate food organics from mixed recyclables, and to recycle more efficiently.

William Konya, the SCG’s presentation services manager, states: “It is important to demonstrate a positive approach to reducing environmental impact. The visual element of Method’s bins has been effective in garnering support for the recovery process.”

Are you ready to make a difference on your campus? Get in touch with Method – methodrecycling.com

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