Percept were contracted for the design and printing of 65,000 brochures to be sent out by The Hills Shire Council, educating residents about recycling.

Case Study

The Challenge

The Resource Recovery Team at The Hills Shire Council manages the domestic waste service for the local community. This includes collecting bins, organising clean-up collections and ensuring that the correct items are placed in residential bins.

The brief was to create a brochure that is provided to residents. It was to provide information on the domestic waste service and the programs that are offered, and ultimately encourage and increase recycling.
The strategy for this project was to revamp the previous brochure design to encourage residents to re-read it.

The Solution

To stand out from previous communications sent out to residents Percept designed and printed a brochure that makes a strong visual impact. The headline ‘Save Big’ has a double meaning, it encourages residents to save money as well as saving the world at the same time.

Bold colours and simple illustration style gives the brochure design a friendly and approachable feel, while enticing the resident to look inside. The message from the cover leads into telling the story of ‘Save the World (and Money) – Nothing gets bigger than that’ – this message is reinforced by the physical size of the finished, printed brochure, as it folds out to form a large flat sheet that tells the recycling story.

Each section is colour coded to match the appropriate recycling bin (garbage = red, recycling = yellow and garden = green). The messaging has been simplified using pull-quotes, images and infographics to make the content easy to understand.

The new brochure design has proven a success, with the council reporting less waste and increased recycling.