Service Raleigh

Service Raleigh

Thank You Service Raleigh 2021

Waste Reduction and Recycling had the opportunity to serve as a virtual service partner for Service Raleigh on Saturday, April 17, 2021. Nearly 60 participants learned about waste reduction, recycling, and composting from a “hands-on” personal waste audit or by researching these topics to create social media content for their peers. We are so thankful for the Service Raleigh Site Coordinators who assisted our office with these projects and all of the participants in making it such an enjoyable and fun experience. Here are some takeaways from this year’s projects:

A. PERSONAL WASTE AUDIT (At-Home + Virtual)

By sorting their personal waste-to-landfill bin at home and entering the data into an online spreadsheet, volunteers were able to see what types & quantities of materials they currently dispose of and learn potential opportunities to divert their waste away from the landfill through reduction, reuse, composting, or recycling strategies. Here’s the breakdown of material found in landfill bins this day:

Findings: 31.7% of the waste stream could be recycled & 24.4% could be composted

However, through an online discussion, participants learned it’s not so easy to just “recycle & compost more”! Big takeaways from the discussion included:

  • The majority of participants living off-campus had no access to residential recycling and composting services and would need to find transportation to a local convenience center in order to participate in recycling & composting at home
  • That accepted materials for recycling is not based on the material or the “♻” symbol
  • That accepted materials for recycling can change based on where you live, work, and visit– even in the same state!

B. ZERO WASTE SOCIAL MEDIA (At-Home + Virtual)

Social media helps to connect, inspire, and educate people about the importance of zero waste. This year, volunteers from NC State’s Alpha Delta Pi were asked to research and create social media videos and/or graphics for our office to share via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok.

We will be sharing their creative works on our social media channels. Please connect with us @NCStateRecycles to learn more!