Title

Recycling Habits of Students at Chapin High School

School Name

Chapin High School

Grade Level

12th Grade

Presentation Topic

Environmental Science

Presentation Type

Non-Mentored

Abstract

In 2016, more than thirty-three million tons of plastic waste was produced in the United States, and as a result, Americans have contributed to environmental issues like ocean acidification and increased global temperatures. By improving the recycling habits of the fifteen million high school students in the United States, the increasing carbon footprint produced by Americans could potentially be reduced. The goal of this study is to determine the extent to which increased education concerning recyclables along with an increased presence of recycling containers within a school setting will impact the recycling habits of students. This study initially establishes the typical recycling habits of the students at the school of investigation, and later imposes two treatments onto the participating students. As a part of the first treatment, additional recycling bins were placed at the school in order to determine their impact on the students' recycling behavior. Next, the students received additional instruction on the recycling practices of Chapin High School. As a result of the increased presence of recycling bins at the school and the increased level of instruction concerning recyclables, the recycling habits of the students remained unchanged.

Location

Founders Hall 213 C

Start Date

3-30-2019 11:00 AM

Presentation Format

Oral and Written

Group Project

No

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Mar 30th, 11:00 AM

Recycling Habits of Students at Chapin High School

Founders Hall 213 C

In 2016, more than thirty-three million tons of plastic waste was produced in the United States, and as a result, Americans have contributed to environmental issues like ocean acidification and increased global temperatures. By improving the recycling habits of the fifteen million high school students in the United States, the increasing carbon footprint produced by Americans could potentially be reduced. The goal of this study is to determine the extent to which increased education concerning recyclables along with an increased presence of recycling containers within a school setting will impact the recycling habits of students. This study initially establishes the typical recycling habits of the students at the school of investigation, and later imposes two treatments onto the participating students. As a part of the first treatment, additional recycling bins were placed at the school in order to determine their impact on the students' recycling behavior. Next, the students received additional instruction on the recycling practices of Chapin High School. As a result of the increased presence of recycling bins at the school and the increased level of instruction concerning recyclables, the recycling habits of the students remained unchanged.