Faculty Advisor

Beck, Joseph E.


In the 2017-2018 academic year, WPI recycled 23% of all disposables. To get an understanding of the WPI “community”, we sent a survey to students and faculty at WPI. We then examined the WPI recycling efforts in 2016 and 2017 using waste audit data collected from WPI’s annual waste audit in each respective year. The result of our findings indicated that less than half of the commonly used recyclable materials were properly recycled. Based on our previous findings, we interviewed students at WPI on their opinion on why people do not recycle. As a result of those interviews, we found that a majority of the students believed that carelessness was the main reason. Our research concluded that WPI students’ and faculty’s carelessness is the primary reason for such underwhelming recycling effort.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2018

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Computer Science