Completing the Recycling Volunteer Patch Program® is a suggested prerequisite for earning your Recycling Advocate Patch. Your volunteer experience will help provide you with the knowledge needed to advocate for better recycling practices. You can also opt to complete the Recycling Volunteer requirements during the time you earn this patch.
Things to find out:
- If you haven’t already done so, complete the recycling worksheet from the Recycling Volunteer Patch Program®.
- Do you feel that your town could be doing more about recycling?
- Do you feel that your school could be doing more about recycling?
- Is it expensive to recycle? Helpful Link: Do the Benefits of Recycling Outweigh the Costs?
- Do restaurants recycle? Helpful Link: Restaurants weigh costs, benefits of recycling
- Do other types of businesses recycle? Helpful Link: Survey Looks at How, Why Businesses Recycle
- What is the recycling policy in your area? Helpful Link: Recycling Laws By State
- What is the Federal Green Challenge? Helpful Link: About the Federal Green Challenge
- How do you recycle
Helpful Link: electronics? Helpful Links: Certified Electronics Recyclers, Staples Recycling Solutions
- What is the Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge? Helpful Link: About the SMM Electronics Challenge
- How do you recycle batteries and cell phones? Helpful Link: Find a drop-off location near you
Requirement 2: Do It!
Choose a recycling issue to advocate for. Some ideas:
- Advocate for changes in your school recycling program.
- Advocate for students to use the recycling bins in your school.
- Educate your neighbors about proper disposal of items like electronics and batteries.
- Make your neighbors aware of the recycling guidelines in your area.
- Create a recycling map of your community and use social media to promote it.
- Get a business in your area to join the Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge
Who do you want to reach? Some ideas:
- Your Family
- Your Neighbors
- Politicians — Helpful link: How to Contact Your Elected Officials
- Your Classmates
- Your Fellow Worshipers
- Other Groups or Organizations
How will you reach them? Helpful link: How to Advocate for Your Cause
- Talk to them. Consider wearing a button as a conversation starter.
- Hand out flyers. Consider setting up a booth to collect donations if allowed.
- Hang tags on doors and mail boxes.
- Make posters.
- Reach out with social media such as Facebook.
- Send a press release to your local newspaper or school newspaper. Helpful link: How to write a press release.
Always remember to thank those who helped with your advocacy program.
Ways to say Thank You:
- Thank the community as a whole on social media.
- Give certificates of appreciation.
Discuss Your Advocacy Project
- Do you think your advocacy project helped to promote recycling?
- Will you continue?
- What else to further promote recycling in your community?
Congratulations! You have earned the Recycling Advocate patch. It can be purchased at our partner site MakingFriends®.com.
You can become an Environment Welfare Advocate by earning all 5 environment advocate level patches.
Did completing this Patch Program® give you some ideas for becoming a Recycling Delegate?
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