Author(s): Brothers KJ
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Abstract We investigated the effects of proximity of containers on pounds of office paper recycled and not recycled by 25 employees. During a memo and central container condition, one container for recyclable paper was provided; in a memo and local container condition, desktop recycling bins, announced by memo, were successively introduced across administrative, office, and instructional settings using a multiple baseline design. Only 28\% of paper was recycled in the central container condition, but when recycling containers were placed in close proximity to participants, 85\% to 94\% of all recyclable paper was recycled. Follow-up assessments, conducted 1, 2, 3, and 7 months after all settings received local recycling containers, showed that 84\% to 98\% of paper was recycled. Providing desktop recycling containers was a cost-effective procedure with long-term maintenance and program survival.
This article was published in J Appl Behav Anal
and referenced in International Journal of Waste Resources