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Stand-alone garbage bins negligible impact on litter quantity in auditoriums Austria, Denzel Ace; Badrnejad, Shahrzad; Chourkittisopon, Chouvalit; Nasato, Alison


Litter, in its simplest form, is trash of any type thrown where it does not belong. This experiment examined the relationship between stand-alone garbage bin placement and littering behavior in large auditoriums. If garbage bins are removed from auditoriums is there a littering problem? The locations of the stand-alone garbage bins were manipulated in three conditions, bins outside, bins inside and a control condition in the form of no bins. Ultimately, this study finds that standalone garbage bins did not have an impact on the quantity of litter left in auditoriums. Marginally significant results indicate that stand-alone garbage cans inside of auditoriums may have a detrimental effect on food scrap removal, and so opens up a wealth of possibility for future research. In addition, the data that was acquired provides comprehensive and practical implications that create a thought-provoking foundation that can be used for additional investigation by UBC Sustainability. 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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