In 2018, the recycling industry changed worldwide. More stringent regulations on acceptable contamination resulted in many U.S. organizations and municipalities receiving notices regarding rejected recycling loads. Bentley was not immune to this issue. In 2018, 98.74 tons of Bentley’s waste was rejected from recycling facilities due to contamination (mostly from food and liquids). The university reacted quickly to the change in contamination level policies, outfitting all recycling bins across campus with new signage and through education and outreach measures including student-to-student communication, email and social media. In 2018, the university’s diversion rate – a key performance indicator in recycling analysis – was 40.5%. With the implementation of education and outreach efforts, the diversion rate is expected to rise in 2019.
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