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7 Ways to Nudge Fellow New Yorkers to Cut Down on Waste

Jacquie Ottman teaches NYC Nieghbors how to recycle, Earth Day 2017

If you are the first to nudge co-workers and neighbors to recycle and cut down on waste then you’re our kind of peep. To tackle the trash in NYC, we need to work together to magnify impact.  Try these 7 tips and together, we’ll align even more New Yorkers with our Zero Waste by 30 goals:

NUDGE KIDS AND COLLEAGUES

1. Teach kids how to grow food and compost.

2. Educate colleagues about NYC Zero Waste efforts, esp. how to prevent waste and sort properly we can help!

NUDGE SUPERS AND BUSINESSES

3. Engage with your superintendent, landlord, coop board members to up the participation in recycling in your building. Order DSNY’S Recycling Decals and other educational materials.

4. Encourage manufacturers to design products and packaging with more recycled and recyclable components and use less material. Inspo at WeHateToWaste.

NYC Zero Waste Nudge Rick Schulman

Rick Shulman nudges students and NYC Schwab House neighbors to recycle. (Image: Shulman)

NUDGE LOCAL OFFICIALS

5. Press for more NYC Zero Waste drop-off collection sites for organics, support for thrift shops and Stop ‘N’ Swap, and expansion of Materials for the Arts and other reuse efforts for all NYC citizens. Support Right to Repair legislation in New York State.

6. Urge elected officials to invest in public education efforts like GreeNYC, and other NYC Zero Waste recycling, reuse, and waste reduction campaigns. Lobby for an high impact marketing campaign to inspire New Yorkers to change their consumption habits.

7. Lobby NY State elected officials to support a 5 cent fee on shopping bags in supermarkets.

We’ve got 53 more ways to nudge New Yorkers and reduce waste in NYC.

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About the Author
A waste watcher since age four, Jacquie Ottman has spent the last 25 years showing Fortune 500 companies and the U.S. government how to develop and market products that can meet consumer needs sustainably. An expert on green marketing and a certified creative problem-solving facilitator, she's the author of 5 award-winning books. Read more about Jacquie HERE, and check out her other posts.
  1. Nicole Reply

    Convincing officials to invest in public education is one of the most important steps on this list. With public education and sufficient outreach, local residents will obtain the knowledge that they need to understand exactly what they are doing and how they can produce less waste.

  2. Joanne Reply

    I’d love to see less presence of plastic bags! I think if common supermarkets place a recycling bin specifically for plastic bags, that would be a start in pushing anti-plastic bag movement even without the elected officials’ say. I know that every household has a basket full of rolled up plastic bag just collecting dust and visually creating opportunities would be another way to regenerate the movement. I hope the Governor gets to decides different next time.

  3. Derek Noah Reply

    I think the first section about children is extremely important. Children are often times the ones that will come home from school and educate the parents about recycling or other environmental issues. Parents are busy with their jobs and other household problems and the children can be an important source of new science and new ideas. Children can be a fantastic liaison to the older generations. And parents will listen to their children more than someone who is lecturing to them on TV.

  4. Dan Reply

    Great tips! I would have often tried to convince co-workers and friends to stop taking plastics bags from the supermarket but I find they don’t really care. It would be great to have an article that I could send them that highlights the issues of plastic bags in landfills and how they impact our environment to impress upon them the importance of bringing a reusable bag. Some people say that they take them and recycle them at the supermarket and it would be great to see the life of a plastic bag after it goes into one of those recycling bins, what happens? Too often we are disconnect from the recycling process and how much energy and impact it actually has on resources and the environment. Also, I would love to see some of these articles presented in a more graphic/ visual way.

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