The purpose of this study was to answer the question: how can a transition from dual-stream to single-stream recycling be implemented effectively as a way of increasing the rate of recycling on the Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU) campus? The problem of waste in the United States is of increasing concern for many reasons. For the Bloomington-Normal, Illinois community-- where IWU is located-- the imminent filling of the local landfill site inspired a community-wide push towards improving waste diversion strategies, and in this case: recycling programs. This research focused on both analyzing the current recycling program at IWU and examining other recycling program strategies in a variety of communities in order to develop a strategy specific to the IWU community. Through conducting a review of the literature, observations of the IWU recycling program, in-depth interviews with IWU students, faculty, and physical plant staff, and interviews with other knowledgeable community members, it was determined that there are a variety of strategies that can be implemented to increase the rate at which the IWU community recycles.
Civic and Community Engagement | Community-Based Research | Environmental Sciences
George, Megan '13, "Exploring Strategies for Converting Illinois Wesleyan University from Dual-Stream to Single-Stream Recycling" (2012). Outstanding Senior Seminar Papers. 13.
Appendices Table of Contents
MGeorge_InterviewQuestions.pdf (90 kB)
Interview Questions Guide
MGeorge_RecyclingQuiz+Key.pdf (80 kB)
Recycling Quiz and Key
MGeorge_TourNotes.pdf (72 kB)
Notes from Tour of Midwest Fiber
George_RecyclingBins.pdf (53026 kB)
Recycling Bins at IWU
MGeorge_Maps.pdf (5248 kB)
Maps of Waste and Recycling Receptacles
MGeorge_ResearchSchedule.pdf (71 kB)
Timeline and Research Schedule