Target Communities

In 2017 and 2018, the District is working with the villages of Lincoln Heights and Arlington Heights to improve recycling participation and decrease waste. Although work with target communities is ongoing, results from 2017 outreach show these two communities have drastically improved recycling already.

Lincoln Heights Recycling VolunteersLincoln Heights began offering residents curbside recycling service in 2017. The District worked with Lincoln Heights community volunteers (see left) to canvas the neighborhood and increase recycling participation. The District’s goal was to increase tons recycled by 25%. Between 2016 and 2017 Lincoln Heights increased curbside and drop off recycling by 886%! Read the full outreach report

Arlington Heights has a subscription-based curbside recycling program. The District worked with Arlington Heights to install a recycling drop-off to give residents access to free recycling. Arlington Heights residents received a mailer promoting the new drop off and what items can and cannot be recycled. The District’s goal was to double the tons recycled within one year. Arlington Heights experienced a 344% increase in tons recycled between 2016 and 2017.

In 2018, the District began working with the Village of Silverton as they roll-out curbside recycling to all of their residents. Residents will receive a direct mail piece with a magnet along with other outreach strategies. Our goal is to double Silverton’s recycling in one year.
For more information about Target Communities, please contact Michelle Balz