You’ve probably heard the saying, “it takes 21 days to form a habit.” While it doesn’t necessarily always take 21 days to form a habit, there is some merit in this well known statement. Forming new, more positive habits takes time, but they are usually well worth the effort in the end. The best way to create new habits is to create new systems in place that make acting on your intentions simple. Bettering your recycling habits is one of the simplest ways you can leave a more positive impact on the environment and the process of doing so doesn’t have to be so difficult. Follow this advice to start improving your recycling habits today.
Get Clear on Your Why
When things get tough and you’re very busy, it can be tempting to not think twice and toss recyclables into the trash instead. Individuals who are thoughtful and intentional about their recycling habits don’t fall victim to this mentality. Reading up on the impact of not recycling regularly can be sobering for many. The average person in the United States produces 4.4 pounds of trash a day and this is only just the start of a wide array of concerning statistics. Education on this topic can be crucial. The more time you invest in learning why recycling matters, the more likely you will become passionate about recycling and think twice before you throw something out that could have been recycled. Read more about 3 Quick Tips to Improve Your Recycling Efforts.
Create Positive Feedbacks Loops
Incentives work. If you’ve studied psychology, you likely can remember the concept that positive and negative reinforcement can influence our human behavior in significant and meaningful ways. While it might take only a bit more effort to recycle regularly, getting the habit to stick can be a challenge for some. However, if you create an incentive system in which you reward yourself in small ways for recycling consistently throughout the week, this strategy might work well for you. This can mean treating yourself to coffee at your café or allowing yourself to watch your favorite show only after meeting a set recycling objective for the week.
Hold Yourself Accountable and Make It a Team Effort
After educating yourself and perhaps creating a positive reward system, the next step you should take is to recruit other individuals in your organization to join you in your improved recycling efforts. There’s truth behind the saying, “you’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with,” and it you are spending time every day around people who aren’t recycling regularly you may subconsciously be picking up on the message that recycling is not of much concern. By making better recycling habits a company goal, you are much more likely to follow through on your intentions and be held accountable for the times when others see you not recycling. Improve the Local Community with Better Recycling Habits.
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With over 25 years of experience helping organizations in the North Carolina and South Carolina areas, Ever Green Environmental has the insights and recycling services you need to support a greener tomorrow. We offer e-waste, single stream, and large-scale recycling services that can benefit companies of all sizes throughout our area. To get started improving your business’s recycling habits today, call Ever Green Environmental at 864.230.9800 or fill out our online contact form.