Recycling in multi-dwelling complexes or offices

Recycling multi-dwelling complexes offices

Good practices for faultless recycling when many do their part!

Quebeckers are committed to doing the “right thing”, as we saw with the pandemic. It’s the same thing when it comes to domestic recycling or office recycling. However, it can be frustrating to see that if we do the right things ourselves, it is not necessarily the same for our neighbours or our office colleagues.

This article therefore proposes some good practices for citizens or workers concerned about the quality of their recycling, but also managers of multi-housing or condominiums and those of office buildings.

Inform and educate

There are many benefits to reducing source contamination:

  • Increased quality of recyclable materials, leading to greater local reclamation;
  • Increased satisfaction of retraining participants and, consequently, their participation;
  • Increase in the value of materials collected and recycled therefore, by extension on the cost of labour and operations, keeping collection costs low for building managers.

Informing the residents or users of a building is not easy, since not everyone has the same motivation to protect our environment. By supporting the right actions, building managers create a positive change in behaviour, which will have an impact on reducing other incidents, such as mischief and damage.

Here’s how to get there:

  1. Residents or users have clear signage on recycling bins, indicating the separation that needs to be done – for example, mixed paper and containers.
  2. Take this opportunity to remind you that it is dangerous to deposit hazardous materials and electronic items in the bin, including lithium-ion batteries.
  3. Share the results of your building’s recycling performance, if available. Find out how from our container rental service, because at Ricova, we’re ready to support you!
  4. Do you have an internal communication tool? Promote the application Ça va où from Recyc-Québec, which provides collection locations for certain objects.
Take action to prevent contamination

These initiatives don’t seem to be working? Additional measures such as securing bins or containers receiving recyclable materials, through fencing or security cameras, could help limit contamination, especially if it comes from non-residents of the building!

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Every gesture counts!

At Ricova, we believe that it is gradually that we will succeed, collectively, in reducing our amount of waste going to landfill, generating value in our recyclable materials to promote the circular economy and achieve the “zero waste”.

Contact us for advice tailored to your situation!

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Founded in 2001, Ricova is the most fully integrated Quebec company for its collection, sorting and recycling services for residual and recyclable materials. Recyclable and organic materials represent more than 70% of the materials it collects and transports in Quebec. Thanks to more than 20 years of experience in the field, Ricova is concerned about protecting the environment by supporting the most ecological solutions that allow it to optimize its operations and obtain more value for recycled materials.
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