Relative Location of Bins and Its Effects on Recycling in CampusFuat Kaan Aras1* and Can Anarat2
- Corresponding Author:
- Fuat Kaan Aras
School of Medicine, Acibadem University
Kayisdagi Cad. No: 32, 34752 Atasehir/ Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90216 576 50 76
Email: [email protected]
Received Date: April 01, 2016; Accepted Date: May 16, 2016; Published Date: May 23, 2016
Citation: Aras FK, Anarat C (2016) Relative Location of Bins and Its Effects on Recycling in Campus. Int J Waste Resour 6:220. doi: 10.4172/2252-5211.1000220
Copyright: © 2016 Aras FK, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The amount of non-recyclable material in recycle-bins creates extra cost because of the extra labor required for sorting and transportation. This study aims to investigate if the problem is caused by the placement of the recyclebins. We analyzed whether basic placement changes in proximity would reduce the amount of wastes in recyclebins and also whether these changes will maximize the recyclable materials in the recycle bins, thus, helping the recycling process to be more profitable. There was a significant decrease of externally derived contamination when recycle-bins were placed further, relative to waste-bins. However, that reduced the recyclable materials also. The conclusion was placing a bin nearer to foot traffic increases its litter load. It is recommended that in places with higher amount of recyclable material, recycle-bins to be placed nearer, regardless of externally derived contamination, in order to obtain as much recyclable material as possible.