UBC Graduate Research

Managing Waste at Meekinson Arts Student Space (MASS) Charles, Melisha; Jeffery, Cassandra; Koffi, Sanmini; Sugitha, Nyoman Nikki Wirawan


The Problem — Waste disposal in the Meekison Arts Student Space (MASS) is not effective or sustainable, leading to a diminished ambiance in the space and limiting student traffic. The Solution — Waste management awareness campaign and improved sorting bins. On behalf of the Arts Undergraduate Society (AUS), our team has been analyzing waste management in the Meekison Arts Student Space (MASS). Our primary goal is to understand the circumstances that may prevent students from sorting their waste appropriately in MASS, and to recommend potential solutions to remedy the problem. Moreover, our client is looking for ways to increase student traffic to MASS. Our research indicates that ineffective waste management contributes to low-levels of traffic in MASS, further underlining the significance of a timely and effective waste management solution. After analyzing the problem and potential solutions, our team suggests the implementation of a policy centred around waste education (awareness campaign) and improved infrastructure (larger-sized and more appropriately placed waste bins). Using a two-pronged approach, our recommended solution will take into consideration policy development from both the AUS executive and the students who use MASS. It is our hope that our top-down, bottom-up approach will contribute to efficient waste management and increase student traffic. All the members of the waste management team have contributed to the development and production of this project. Please view appendix, p.19 for a detailed breakdown of each member’s responsibilities. 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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