2016 Summary


COMMUNITY OUTREACH / EVENTS

Recycling Corps


Waste Management's Pacific Northwest Recycle Corps internship program, now in its fifth year running, continues to be a valuable resource for our municipal partners. Throughout the summer of 2016, 12 Recycle Corps interns engaged with businesses, multifamily properties and other residents in 26 cities, across three counties, to improve recycling habits and reduce waste. To meet the needs of our communities, Recycle Corps 2016 was our most diverse class to date with language abilities in Spanish, Mandarin, American Sign Language and Greek. During their ten weeks with Waste Management, the interns attended 74 community events and made over 1,500 in-person site visits and over 7,000 calls to businesses and multi-family complexes.

Recycle Corps is not only valuable for communities, but also a valuable and recognized program within the industry. This unique approach to recycling education earned recognition from the Solid Waste Association of North American (SWANA) Award in both Education and Innovation in 2015. This program not only teaches college students the latest strategies in effectively engaging the public and businesses in waste reduction and recycling behavior change, but also provides opportunities for professional development. Nearly 50 percent of Recycle Corps alumni have begun working as professionals in the industry for private companies, the public sector, consulting firms and at Waste Management. Over the past five years, the Recycle Corps program has truly become an incubator for the green professional industry!


12 Recycle Corps interns attended 74 community events ,
made over 1,500 site visits, and over
7,000 calls to engage
the community in recycling and composting.



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