Title

Prompts or Proximity: Recycling Old Techniques for a New Population

Poster Number

44

Lead Author Major

Psychology

Format

Poster Presentation

Faculty Mentor Name

Carolynn Kohn

Faculty Mentor Department

Psychology

Abstract/Artist Statement

Sign posting and container proximity manipulations have been shown to be effective methods of increasing recycling in university and corporate settings. The generalizability of these methods to other populations is unknown. The current study examined recycling behavior in an adult mental health population at a local socialization center. The distance between trash and recycling containers and the presence of posted signs were manipulated. Results indicated that placing recycling and trash containers in close proximity (with or without signage) yielded the greatest overall increase in recycling behavior. Future research will extend these findings and examine interventions to decrease energy usage on a college campus.

Location

DeRosa University Center, Ballroom

Start Date

21-4-2011 6:00 PM

End Date

21-4-2011 8:00 PM

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Prompts or Proximity: Recycling Old Techniques for a New Population

DeRosa University Center, Ballroom

Sign posting and container proximity manipulations have been shown to be effective methods of increasing recycling in university and corporate settings. The generalizability of these methods to other populations is unknown. The current study examined recycling behavior in an adult mental health population at a local socialization center. The distance between trash and recycling containers and the presence of posted signs were manipulated. Results indicated that placing recycling and trash containers in close proximity (with or without signage) yielded the greatest overall increase in recycling behavior. Future research will extend these findings and examine interventions to decrease energy usage on a college campus.