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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
Prevents useful material resources being wasted Reduces the consumption of raw materials and reduces energy usage, and greenhouse gas emissions Three R’s Reduce the amount and toxicity of trash Reuse containers and products Recycle as much as possible

3 Reduce Waste prevention, or "source reduction,"
consuming and throwing away less seeking products and packaging that are as free of toxics as possible purchasing durable, long-lasting goods 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 most preferred method of waste management goes a long way toward protecting the environment

4 Reuse Repairing items Donating to charity and community groups
Selling items 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 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 (“Reduce…”)

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

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

8 Floors vs. floors Floor 1 Floor 2 Floor 3 Question yes no 1 13 3 16 20
Floor 1 Floor 2 Floor 3 Question yes no 1 13 3 16 20 2 7 9 17 18 5 11 6 14 4 12 8 19

9 Males vs. females Males Females Question yes no 1 23 5 26 2 16 12 3 22
Males Females Question yes no 1 23 5 26 2 16 12 3 22 6 4 9 19 24 8 20 10 18

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 Make residents start thinking about recycling/problems involved Get students active in recycling Get RA’s more involved depending on response from residents at conclusion of survey Win a pizza party because Victoria lives on the second floor of McFarlane Determine whether gender has anything to do with recycling trends

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

13 Contest between all floors!!
Attention McFarlanders 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!!!!! The first step in our experiment was to go around to each dorm room and inform students orally about the contest and post flyers on the main doors of McFarlane Hall. This is what our flyer looked like. We felt that this was the most effective way in getting the students involved

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

15 Before vs. After Floor 1 Floor 2 Floor 3 Before 4 17 12 After 19 21


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

18 Conclusions Floors 3 is the Winner Success in objectives
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 Spread contest to other dorms and buildings Give contest to custodians

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

20 Questions? RECYCLE

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