The RUBICONMethod™ is a six-step system for setting up and maintaining a successful business recycling program. Following the familiar acronym “DIVERT,” the six steps stand for Determine, Initiate, Vocalize, Eliminate, Roll-out, and Track.
Rubicon’s mission is to end waste. Based on the three R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle), we want to provide our cities and businesses with a practical guide to help them improve their waste programs and initiatives on waste reduction.
It’s critical to decide on the placement of your bins, ensuring that they are consistently available throughout the workplace. Every trash bin should have a recycling bin next to it (not across the room or down the hall) and bins should always be placed side-by-side with recycling always on the right.
It’s critical to use standardized, colored liners. For example, a black liner for trash (or landfill), a blue or clear liner for recycling, a certified compostable green liner for organics recycling. If possible, match the color of the bin on the outside to the liner.
Determine a convenient, accessible location and schedule for the drop-off and pick-up of donated materials, such as food, clothing or books. Ensure the bins are labeled with the types of materials and condition accepted. Companies like TerraCycle provide bins for hard-to-recycle material collection.