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… Read more: Participation
  • 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… Read more: Contamination
  • 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… Read more: Capture Rate
  • Pests and Organics Collection
    One of the most common arguments some use when municipalities are considering adding organics recycling routes and programs is rodents! But it’s also one of the most easily answered, if you simply use logic: organics recycling doesn’t bring new food… Read more: Pests and Organics Collection
  • Make Composting Part Of Your Community’s Climate Action Plan
    Cities, counties and states are developing local responses to climate change by producing Climate Action Plans across the country. Compost—both disposal of food scraps and organic materials from landfilling and the carbon sequestration value of compost use for healthy soil—is… Read more: Make Composting Part Of Your Community’s Climate Action Plan
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