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1 Recycling In The Dorms: SUNY Brockport, McFarlane Hall Victoria Foos Rozetta Smith

2 Recycling The reprocessing of materials into new products The reprocessing of materials into new products Prevents useful material resources being wasted Prevents useful material resources being wasted Reduces the consumption of raw materials and reduces energy usage, and greenhouse gas emissions Reduces the consumption of raw materials and reduces energy usage, and greenhouse gas emissions Three Rs Three Rs Reduce the amount and toxicity of trash Reduce the amount and toxicity of trash Reuse containers and products Reuse containers and products Recycle as much as possible Recycle as much as possible

3 Reduce Waste prevention, or "source reduction," Waste prevention, or "source reduction," consuming and throwing away less consuming and throwing away less seeking products and packaging that are as free of toxics as possible seeking products and packaging that are as free of toxics as possible purchasing durable, long-lasting goods purchasing durable, long-lasting goods redesigning products to use less raw material in production, or be used again after its original use redesigning products to use less raw material in production, or be used again after its original use Prevents the generation of waste in the first place Prevents the generation of waste in the first place most preferred method of waste management most preferred method of waste management goes a long way toward protecting the environment goes a long way toward protecting the environment

4 Reuse Repairing items Repairing items Donating to charity and community groups Donating to charity and community groups Selling items Selling items also reduces waste also reduces waste Reusing products is better than recycling because the item does not need to be reprocessed before it can be used again

5 Recycle Turns materials that would otherwise become waste into valuable resources Turns materials that would otherwise become waste into valuable resources Generates a host of environmental, financial, and social benefits Generates a host of environmental, financial, and social benefits Materials like glass, metal, plastics, and paper are collected, separated and sent to facilities that can process them into new materials or products Materials like glass, metal, plastics, and paper are collected, separated and sent to facilities that can process them into new materials or products(Reduce…)

6 Researching Questioned Maintenance about recycling in the dorms Questioned Maintenance about recycling in the dorms Most years recycling is a major problem Most years recycling is a major problem Residents uneducated on what to recycle Residents uneducated on what to recycle Males recycle less than females Males recycle less than females Conducted survey Conducted survey

7 Survey 1.Do you know what materials can be recycled in the dorms? 2.Do you use the recycling bin provided for you? 3.Did your Resident Assistant inform you about recycling at the beginning of the year 4.Do you leave your bin out for collection every week 5.Do you feel that the lack of recycling in the dorms is a problem 6.Do you feel that recycling tends to be a hassle

8 Floors vs. floors Floor 1Floor 2Floor 3 Questionyesnoyesnoyesno 1133161203 279170185 3133116149 44121701211 541289617 63134 419

9 Males vs. females MalesFemales Questionyesnoyesno 1235262 21612262 32261612 4919244 58201018 6622523

10 Hypothesis If we get the residents in McFarlane involved in a contest, the amount of recycling will increase within the dorms

11 Objectives Determine how educated people are on recycling overall by survey Determine how educated people are on recycling overall by survey Make residents start thinking about recycling/problems involved Make residents start thinking about recycling/problems involved Get students active in recycling Get students active in recycling Get RAs more involved depending on response from residents at conclusion of survey Get RAs more involved depending on response from residents at conclusion of survey Win a pizza party because Victoria lives on the second floor of McFarlane Win a pizza party because Victoria lives on the second floor of McFarlane Determine whether gender has anything to do with recycling trends Determine whether gender has anything to do with recycling trends

12 Methodology McFarlane Hall, SUNY College at Brockport, Brockport, NY McFarlane Hall, SUNY College at Brockport, Brockport, NY Conducted Wednesday 25 April 2007 – Wednesday 2 May 2007 Conducted Wednesday 25 April 2007 – Wednesday 2 May 2007 Materials Materials Flyers Flyers Fish hook scale Fish hook scale Large garbage bags Large garbage bags

13 Contest between all floors!! Starting Wednesday April 25th, collect all of your plastic and glass bottles and your cartons and put them outside your door the night of Tuesday May 1st. The floor with the greatest weight of recyclables collected on Wednesday May 2nd, will win a free pizza party…So start COLLECTING!!!!!

14 Methodology Cont…. Talk to maintenance Talk to maintenance 2 May 2007, Collect recyclables in plastic bags (separate by floors) 2 May 2007, Collect recyclables in plastic bags (separate by floors) Weigh bags Weigh bags Determine winners of contest Determine winners of contest Receive Funding Receive Funding Give pizza prize to winner Give pizza prize to winner

15 Before vs. After Floor 1Floor 2Floor 3 Before41712 After41921

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17 Limitations On Floor 2, 11 dorms did not answer and may have been unaware of the contest On Floor 2, 11 dorms did not answer and may have been unaware of the contest We heard reports of the 3 rd floor stealing recyclables from the 2 nd floor We heard reports of the 3 rd floor stealing recyclables from the 2 nd floor Students probably forgot and possibly should have been reminded Students probably forgot and possibly should have been reminded

18 Conclusions Floors 3 is the Winner Floors 3 is the Winner Success in objectives Success in objectives Our results related to the hypothesis, in that there was an increase in participation in recycling when a prize was involved Our results related to the hypothesis, in that there was an increase in participation in recycling when a prize was involved More contests in the future = greater results in recycling More contests in the future = greater results in recycling Spread contest to other dorms and buildings Spread contest to other dorms and buildings Give contest to custodians Give contest to custodians

19 Literature Cited Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Municipal Solid Waste. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 2006. Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Municipal Solid Waste. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 2006.

20 RECYCLE


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