The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) has partnered with Keep America Beautiful to give its members guidance on recycling and trash management.
The partnership has produced a new resource called ‘Being a Good Neighbor: A Guide to Reducing Litter, Managing Trash and Encouraging Recycling’.
Research by Keep America Beautiful found that the majority of the people dispose of trash properly, of which one in five disposals (17%) ends up as litter, while NACS research revealed that 84% of consumers attribute store cleanliness as an important factor while shopping.
The guide offers easy solutions to the convenience stores to manage store waste, design and placement of receptacles, as well as keep the premises clean.
The guide states all litter management practices that should be followed in the convenience stores and provides necessary ideas and tips to eliminate litter from the stores.
The resource also provides various recommendations to ensure easy and proper disposal of packaging items, in addition to tips for necessary recycling bin and trash receptacle placements.
Keep America Beautiful recycling senior vice-president Brenda Pulley said: “With convenience stores comprising 34% of all retailer business, convenience store operators can play an instrumental role in providing customers with convenient trash and recycling containers to lessen litter and improve recycling at their locations.
“Keep America Beautiful is pleased to team up with the NACS to provide best practices for managing trash and recycling with the new ‘Being a Good Neighbor’ guide.”
According to a survey, convenience stores invest more than $600 a store every month for recycling and trash collection programmes, which totals to nearly $1.3bn industry-wide a year.