Ceres Associates has developed recycling programs for communities of various sizes. Ceres has designed and built material recycling facilities (MRFs) to assist municipal waste hauling operations to reduce landfill quantities and to generate an additional income stream. An essential component of recycling programs is education. Environmental awareness programs can achieve high awareness levels in very short time frames. For instance, Ceres instituted a recycling program in a test area with a population of 40,000 in a Middle Eastern community. Three months after setting up the recycling program and instituting the educational program, the community was recycling nearly 80% of typical household recyclables.