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A new partnership has been established between Recycle Across America (RAA) and Subaru of America.

RAA has developed a labeling program that will be part of the car manufacturer’s zero landfill initiative. The recycle organization has donated its standardized recycling label system. The goal of this donation is to significantly decrease landfill waste in national parks. It is a way for individuals who are at national parks to participate in recycling. This system has proven its ability to assist people with their desire to recycle items.

Auto Recycling

Subaru and other auto manufacturers know the value of recycling. Auto recycling is a way to prevent harmful chemicals and other items that could harm the planet, from reaching landfills around the country. These recycled vehicle parts are able to be used as a way to reduce the costs associated with auto repair, auto manufacturing and more

Standardized Label Initiative

The standardized label initiative was suggested during a presentation to the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) at its annual recycling conference in 2009. The solution has become popular with organizations around the world. It is a proposal that is anticipated to have a long-lasting positive impact on the planet. This initiative has resulted in the creation of standardized labels for recycling bins. Recycling in the past has resulted in frustration because of inconsistent signs on bins located at the national parks. The RAA system is simple and has been effective in showing people the correct ways to recycle. The system has created a way for recycling requirements to be something easy to follow. It has been a success with recycle haulers, schools, households, a variety of different organizations and more.

Conflicting Signage
A study was conducted concerning the amount of waste generated at three national parks. They were Denali, Yosemite as well as Grand Teton. It showed the highest volume of waste in these parks was glass, paper, and plastic. Too much of this waste was being sent to a landfill and not placed into the correct recycling bins. The proper use of these bins contributes to a more efficient use of landfill space and lowers waste hauling fees. An audit was conducted of the recycling messages and signs in all of the parks. Auditors were able to determine these parks had signs and messages associated with recycling that was conflicting. The National Park Conservation Association (NPCA) and Subaru identified the RAA standardized labeling system as the best possible recycling solution. Their signage for recycling bins is understood to be an effective method for encouraging people to recycle in public places.

Effective New System
Many people who visit national parks are not aware of the huge waste management challenges each one of them faces. Studies have shown that visitors are willing to make an effort to decrease the amount of trash left in the national parks. This is more likely to happen if the requirements for recycling is communicated to them clearly and in a way that is easy to understand. The new system designed for recycling in these national parks is simple. There will be three different standardized recycling bins. Each will be clearly marked. Bins will be available for mixed recycling where people can place glass, paper, and plastic. Another bin will be labeled for compost, and this is where people will be able to place their food scraps. There will also be bins available for non-recyclable objects that will be taken to the local landfill.

Cost Effective
It has been estimated that over a million tons of trash are placed in the wrong recycling bins in national parks each year. This makes the costs associated with sorting out recyclables higher. These increased costs make recycling an unattractive option for companies who want to control their budget. The RAA system directly addresses this problem. Trash bins with reliable imagery, design, and color coding make identifying the correct recycle bin much easier. In the United States, there are currently over a million RAA labeling systems in place.

Pilot Program
The RAA system is designed to be used in the three national park in conjunction with their concession partners. This is a pilot program designed to see if the RAA labeling system results in improved levels of recycling in these national parks. The goal is to decrease the fees associated with hauling trash at each park. If successful, the RAA labeling system could be used at other national parks.