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Alternative systems for zero waste user engagement Barreira, Dawn-Marie; Fountain, Jacob; Imbault, Alex; Tsai, Wendy


To improve the recycling habits of students living in residence housing on the campus of the University of British Columbia, a review of behavioural intervention techniques to promote recycling has been conducted. A redesign of the waste and sorting room at the Marine Drive residence has been proposed as a pilot project. The improved room design includes a recycling pathway with an improved layout, the addition of audio and visual prompts and improved signage. By implementing the recycling pathway at residence buildings on campus, the University of British Columbia will be one step closer to achieving their goal of diverting 70% of their waste by 2016. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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