Architects Are The Number One Killer Of Recycling Programs | Never Waste A Moment | NWAM Epsiode #20

Architects Are The Number One Killer Of Recycling Programs | Never Waste A Moment | NWAM Epsiode #20


Designing a recycling program at times
can involve many people from a recycling coordinator, to senior management, to procurement and then there are the times when a new
building is going up and the architects are involved. Architects are very busy
and their goal is to get a building done very efficiently, looking good,
operational, and what I have found over the past 10 plus years is on a scale of
importance: recycling is not even there. And what so often happens is it’s an
afterthought. The architects will design containers and it’s either got to look
good which could present a hazard to service and I’ve seen that with sharp
edges, but it looks good. Or they’ll try and hide it, put it in the closet. They
don’t really think about the importance of the program or what the customers
actually need and want to do to be involved in a highly successful
sustainability program. So over the years I started asking people, architects
especially, do you think about this? and they go “No, it’s not even on the
radar”. I honestly believe architects are the number one killers of recycling
programs. When I mentioned that to architects it was a gasp, people
didn’t want to hear about it, but for the people who have been involved in
recycling programs, they agree 100% because there is no thought put into it.
It’s actually an afterthought on something that is so critical and needs
to be so visible in order to be successful. And what happens at the end
of the day is the architects come in, they design the building it looks great
they haven’t thought it through and then when they’re finished the project they
move on and is now left to someone else to deal with and clean up that problem.
Which we’ve been brought in many times. And an example of that where architects will build wonderful cupboards in the break rooms
but they don’t think about what they’re going to put in there. And sometimes it
is more painful to try and do a retrofit to fix up that’s rather than planning it out from the early stage. I’m Bruce Buchan
encouraging you to never waste a moment and get the architects involved at the
beginning of the program.


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