Getting customers to recycle correctly remains an ongoing struggle. Customers need to understand that high contamination rates not only have an economic cost, but make recycling itself less effective. Here is one way to talk to customers about recycling as part of your education efforts.
Why do you recycle? Are you trying to save natural resources? Lower greenhouse gas emissions? Create jobs? Save landfill space? These are the most common reasons people give for recycling. They are all fine responses.
But regardless of your reason for recycling, one fact remains: Recyclables are simply a raw material. Nothing more, nothing less.