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Collection Program Evaluation and Ongoing Education

After the program has launched, there is a need to continuously evaluate the following metrics to determine the success of your program: 1. Participation (sign-ups and set-outs) 2. Contamination 3. Capture rates of compostable items Understanding participation, contamination and capture rates will also help update educational materials to continue to improve participation, diversion and reduce contamination. A little more detail on each of these continuous evaluation metrics are described below:

  • Participation
    Participation in a program can have two meanings, one is the number of households signed up to participate (in an opt-in program), the other is the percent of those households signed up that are regularly setting their collection container out for pickup. Sign-up rates A sign-up rate is the percent…
  • Contamination
    Understanding how much contamination and what the most common contaminants are is instrumental to reducing contamination in a food scrap and other organics composting program. Reducing contamination at the source is key to selling the finished product. There are various ways to track contamination in a program. Some of which…
  • Capture rate
    Performing a capture rate study is a good way to evaluate how well participants are doing at diverting all compostable materials from their homes. To accurately measure the capture rate of all compostable materials, sorting garbage, recycling, and organics is needed. Food scraps and other compostable items can end up…
  • Compost use equipment
    Specifiers may need education about the types of equipment available for spreading compost, before they are ready to buy large volumes of compost:https://www.compostingcouncil.org/page/CompostUseEquipment Some compost manufacturers rent out compost use equipment to their customers.

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