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Program Monitoring and Evaluation

Note: EPA no longer updates this information, but it may be useful as a reference or resource.

Monitoring and evaluating the recycling program will help you identify both successes and problems. Periodically inspect recycling and trash bins and observe:

Use the Recycling Program Evaluation Table (PDF) (1 pg, 36K, about PDF) as a guide for recording visual observations. Interviewing concessionaires, vendors, exhibitors, volunteers, staff, and patrons can provide great feedback.

It also might be beneficial to create a survey for the public to complete after their visit to the venue. Talking with people is a great way to evaluate and monitor your program. Asking yourself, staff, and visitors the following questions will help you determine the success of the program:

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Concessionaires are an invaluable source of information to assess a recycling program. Ask them:

Go to the Monitoring and Evaluation at Special Events page for methods tailored to special events.

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With the information gathered during the monitoring process, it is now time to assess the success of your recycling program. Calculate the weight of the materials diverted from the waste stream.

Visit the Environmental Benefits page to translate the impacts of your recycling program into the amount of energy and water saved, air pollution avoided, or hazardous waste prevented. Refer to EPA’s WAste Reduction Model (WARM) Calculator to convert waste reduction values into greenhouse gas emissions reductions and energy savings.

Be sure to tell event participants where they can learn about the success of the program (i.e. a website, press release, etc.).

It’s also important to track how much money is being made by and spent on the program. Compare waste hauling costs before and after program implementation.

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