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Consumer Recycling Network
advocacy | awareness | environment | greening | image | recycle | recycling | reuse | sustainability
A summary of the idea, the needs it serves, and a description of a possible pilot program
Pittsburgh needs more numerous and convenient drop-off recycling centers to accept all recyclable materials. A network of branded and engaging recycling centers would encourage independent and active recycling and keep consumers/recyclers informed.
Promotion could be helped by the installation of a ‘sculptural' recycling receptacle in a convenient community location such as a grocery or convenience store parking lot.
The receptacle should be constructed of scrap/recycled materials, accept all materials currently recycled by the city of Pittsburgh, and offer straight-forward and comprehensive information and instructions to engage a non-recycling community in active recycling.
These ideals are integral to a successful project design
- improving the ease and efficiency of recycling
- educating the public
- accessibility to the site
- assisting recyclers
Possible difficulties, pitfalls, and obstacles to consider
- cooperation with host company/space
- maintenance and cleanliness of the site
- proper sorting and distribution of recyclables
Learn more about the idea, from genesis to dialogue
This concept comes from Green Space in room 430 championed by Erin Foley and Kenny Doyno. They suggested that the receptacle be crafted out of an automobile and that the sculpture be ‘parked' in a grocery store lot, under a shady tree if possible.
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These important questions are asked of each idea. Try your hand at answering them as a way to explore the idea and how to make it happen. Answers to these questions help to demonstrate the Idea's strength and potential for success.
- What level is the idea at? (Research, Planning, Fundraising, Advocacy, Deployment, other (explain))
- What is a reasonable next step/phase for the concept? How can investment move the idea forward?
- What other resources or opportunities are available or necessary to make the idea happen?
- What existing activities or organizations in Pittsburgh duplicate some or all of the program components? How can this idea compete with, complement, and/or learn from these other activities?
- Who should be included in this discussion? Does the concept call for outside consultation or assistance from other organizations?
- How should the idea be promoted?
- How should project success be measured?
- What questions should be asked of a proposal for this project?
These questions address some of the anticipated programmatic concerns that come with administering small projects. Consider them test questions for model projects-- responses should be incorporated into the project's design.
- How would the project seek out and partner with its host space?
- What are the alternatives to using commercial space/partnering with a company?
- How should the pilot site be designed, built and installed?
- Who would maintain the site and assist recyclers?
- Who will collect the recycled materials and where will they go?
- How will a successful pilot site develop into a network of similar sites?