Change Workplace Recycling Behaviours with Method

The way that offices are designed has changed dramatically from the desks we sit at to the power we use, yet waste management has been left behind. Ugly bins are hidden in cupboards or under desks encouraging users to throw everything away; meanwhile the focus on organisations reducing their environmental impact is growing.

Bins and waste management have been an afterthought, when they should be a priority.

Method started with the desire to make a visible difference. Co-founders Steven and India Korner were driving around New Zealand selling generic bins out of the back of a van; they continuously saw organisations who wanted to recycle without the tools to be successful. The Korners saw this as a problem that design could have a significant impact on.

Three years of research and development went into creating the innovative bins – holding focus groups, developing prototypes and even helping cleaners on night shift. All in an effort to understand how users interact with waste and recycling in the workplace. The result is a bin coded with information to help people accurately separate their waste, while the system as a whole benefits all groups involved in a buildings waste and recycling system.

Designed to be out in the open the award-winning bins continue to receive industry attention for their considered design and ability to change recycling behaviours. More than just a bin, Method have redesigned the way modern spaces recycle with their leading philosophy of Open Plan Recycling.

Open Plan Recycling

Method’s modular bins are placed together to form flexible recycling stations to be positioned out in the open throughout any open plan space. The colour-coded stations complement modern aesthetics while standing out within a space. Method have continued to find that visibility is an important factor for change, reminding individuals to consider their waste habits.

This also increases accountability, being out in the open where others can see, users are more likely to consider what stream their waste belongs in, even subconsciously. Conversely, desk bins allow individuals to place all of their waste in their bin without concern.

Being prominent within a space, the bins not only change workplace recycling behaviours but they start conversations about recycling and sustainability; subsequently changing recycling behaviours at home.

Organisations should consider where the bins are placed to maximise their results. Method recommends one recycling station per 30-50 employees, or around a 10-second walk. Further, smaller stations or individual bins should be placed where recyclables are created such as an organics bin in the kitchen or a paper bin next to the photocopier.

The Method bins have been utilised in a variety of facilities from stadiums such as the Sydney Cricket Ground to innovative office spaces such as Foster + Partners and The Office Group coworking. Demonstrating their ability to change the way individuals interact with waste and recycling in any open plan space.

Design giant Canva introduced Method to grow with them; as they needed a recycling and waste system to achieve some incredible results as they work to have one of the most sustainable offices in the world.

Canva found that “Method’s beautiful bins allow the sometimes daunting task of having four waste and recycling options to be manageable and scalable across our ever-expanding offices.”

Meet Method at the Facilities Show at ExCel in London to find out more about optimising waste and recycling in your facility. Or visit their website – www.methodrecycling.com.

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