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HHW Management Software:
Seeking Your Input

Do you have 60 seconds to help shape the future of HHW program management? Then please take our survey on HHW software needs, which we’ve set up to gather input as we develop our forthcoming HHW Tracker. We’re looking for your opinions on what would be most useful for your program: ID scanners? Appointment booking systems? 303 reporting? Something else? Take this survey to give us your opinion, and be sure to let us know if you’re interested in becoming a pilot customer!

Ways to Spend “Use-It-or-Lose-It” Funds
Before July 1

Do you have a “use-it-or-lose-it” budget that has to be spent before July 1? If so, let us help you! We have a couple of options that can fit any budget and boost your community outreach. 

Ultimate Recycling Guide: This subscription tool is a fully localizable online guide that you can embed into any website — city, hauler, school, community organization. Use it on your website, and share it with your community partners to expand its reach — the potential is endless. Because it’s a monthly subscription, you can buy as many months as you have left in your budget, or we can work with you to develop contract and payment terms that fit for your FY budget. See the Guide in action on the City of Santa Cruz website.

Facebook Ads: Raise awareness of your program with a Facebook ad campaign tailored to your budget and community goals. Our experience designing and running Facebook campaigns for recycling programs shows that we can reach a local audience for as little as $0.24 per person. 

If you’re interested in either of these outreach options, contact Laura Ofstad (laura@recyclist.co) for more information.



Keeping the Data Conversation Going
We’ve started a new networking group on LinkedIn: Waste Data Geeks is a resource and discussion hub for anyone and everyone interested in how data is shaping the waste and recycling industry. This group is designed to help us communicate around issues such as data capture methodologies, data quality, helpful tools and technologies, developing industry data standards, and leveraging partnerships and collaboration for better results.

The importance of data to our industry is starting to gain broader attention. We’re optimistic that by helping the conversation continue outside of conferences, workshops and webinars, we can build momentum that will lead to benefits for all industry stakeholders. Join the Waste Data Geeks LinkedIn group here.


May 21
Federation of New York Solid Waste Association
Lake George, NY

May 22
Northeast Resource Recovery Association
Manchester, NH

May 23
SWANA Western Regional Symposium
Palm Springs, CA  

June 4
Colorado Association for Recycling Annual Summit
Snowmass, CO

June 14
Sustainable Oregon 2018 
Eugene, OR

We Depend on Plastic, and Now We’re Drowning in It

In continuation of their “Planet or Plastic” series, National Geographic tackles plastic pollution in their June 2018 issue. More than 40 percent of plastic is used just once, and less than a fifth of it is recycled globally. Now, it’s choking our waterways, and still we depend on it for everything from water bottles to airplanes. National Geographic takes a look at the evolution of plastic waste from the very beginning, and uses powerful images and infographics to convey the depths of the issue. Not only do stories like this remind us why our work in waste is so important, but they also give us hope that global changes are being set in motion. Read more from National Geographic.

A Technologist’s Perspective:
Government Needs to Stop Fearing Data

In an interview with StateTech, longtime government IT specialist Sam Hammar argues that governments should stop being afraid of internal data sharing. Shared data can be a powerful tool for governments to effect change, and it doesn’t require an open data policy. In Massachusetts, Hammer helped harness government data to create a public housing wait list and to build a fuller picture of the opioid epidemic. Embracing technology helps governments connect with their constituents and deliver better service. Data, according to Hammar, should “be shared internally to crack the code and find solutions to some of our most difficult problems.” Read more from StateTech.
That’s all for now! We said goodbye to our spring intern last week with a rousing game of bocce. As the snow continues to melt off our peaks, we’re enjoying the last days of high-altitude skiing and looking forward to a warm summer of hiking, biking and swimming. If your summer plans bring you to the shores of Lake Tahoe, swing by our office to say hello! Or if you’re not heading this way anytime soon, we’re always happy to schedule a phone call or online product demo.

Until next time,
The team at Recyclist
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