Recycling is an important piece of circularity, and Dyvert is on a mission to improve recycling and recycling messaging in common spaces by making it simple to understand what materials are recyclable where. Their patented recycling bin and lid system is in use on college campuses, local businesses and non-profits, helping to increase recycling rates and substantially cut contamination. Through their Community Recycling Sponsorship Program, Dyvert is partnering with other local companies (like CP sponsor Vicinity Energy) to improve recycling in community spaces throughout Philadelphia.
Why did you become a member?
We became a member because Circular Philadelphia is convening the circularity conversations that we want to be a part of. CP’s membership is a roster of companies and individuals that are walking the circularity walk, and the organization actively engages an even wider group of important players who are making a difference. Being a member is good for our present business and gives us a voice to help craft policies that help other entities who are doing awesome work.
What does a circular economy mean to your organization?
The engineering side of us loves the efficiency, but ultimately a circular economy means doing right by people and the finite resources that we have. Amidst all of the technical terms, data, and policy papers, we all need to focus on how what we do benefits people and society.
How is your organization practicing circularity?
We are proud that our customers consistently tell us that our products not only help their operations achieve greater circularity, but that they send the message to people in their spaces that the facility is serious about diverting waste.
Our systems also have a “gateway drug” type effect on circularity. By working with facilities to effectively tackle basics (like recycling and composting), we help them to focus on the tougher and more advanced circularity challenges that their organizations face.
Additionally, we use all reused and/or recyclable materials for all of our shipping and are actively working to improve upstream manufacturing by using more recycled content, more easily recycled materials, and bringing production closer to our end customers.
How can others advance the circular economy?
Start small(ish). Waiting for a mega-grandmaster plan and 100% of the answers is unlikely to work. Instead, get the ball rolling, focus on the easier wins, and continually refine and update your circularity plan while still striving for the ideal. Just get moving.