As I was leaving a large breakfast I attended this morning a
woman asked me with a smile, “May I have your name badge for recycling?” It was a no-brainer to unclip the badge from
my lapel and hand it over. One group I
belong to regularly collects badges for reuse and I have attended functions
where a bowl is available to drop them in upon departure. Posting a person at the door to ask the
question and collect the items seems to be a really efficient way to accomplish
At this breakfast of about 300 attendees I’m certain the
reminder increased the collection. When
I leave a function, particularly a breakfast, I’m thinking about my schedule
and work to be done,not scouting for a recycling bin or even a trash
can. I inevitably notice the name badge
at or before my next stop and it lands in my briefcase or purse. How many badges have you found in pockets or corners of your briefcase?
Today the paper was headed for the recycling bin and the
plastic badge holders were ready for the next event. It’s a really easy example of the stream of
benefits from recycling; less trash, fewer resources used and money saved. I’m not carrying around any more loose name badges and I was reminded of the value of recycling.
Reusing the badge holders and recycling the inserts could be
a good incentive to switch from those messy stick on name badges. How many times have you gotten one of those
on straight? How many times have they
fallen off midway through a conversation?
The next time you have any part of planning a large meeting,
event or training program suggest that a person be posted at the exit to ask,
“May I have your name badge for recycling?”
Volunteer for the task, it’s a good way to say goodbye and thank
everyone for attending.