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Sort it with a Smile : Interactive Waste-Sorting and its Effects on Sorting Behavior : Final Report Corcoran, Fiona; Aubin, Marie-Pierre; Lavery, Brynn; Boyle-Stafford, Luke; Psin, Ohm


We wanted to investigate if the presence of a waste-tracking “game, titled the Bin-Fun Game, influenced the sorting behavior of people throwing out waste at the AMS Nest’s waste-sorting stations. We believed that the presence of the Bin-Fun Game might increase a person’s awareness of the act of sorting their waste, and could lead to more accurate sorting, therefore reducing contamination of improperly sorted items. Our study participants consisted of all staff, student, faculty, and visitors who frequented the AMS Nest. It was conducted over a 5 day baseline condition and an 8 day intervention condition using an experimental bin where the game was set up that was measured against a control bin with no game. We measured the contaminants (i.e. incorrectly sorted waste) of both bins as well as the weight, and used a 2-by-2 ANOVA between subjects design to test our results. However, we did not find results to support any of our hypothesis. This leads us to believe that there may be other, more effective ways to encourage better sorting behavior among frequenters of the Nest. 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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