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 WPIs 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 facultys carelessness is the primary reason for such underwhelming recycling effort.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Interactive Qualifying Project
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