Title

Data-Collection And Analysis To Improve The Quality And Effectiveness Of Recycling Education-Programs

Authors

R. A. Shapek

Title - Alternative

Resour. Conserv. Recycl.

Keywords

Engineering, Environmental; Environmental Sciences

Abstract

Although recycling participation rates and the success of recycling programs is determined by a multitude of social, economic and political factors, community participation is paramount in determining if recycling programs will accomplish their objectives. Research has tended to focus on the scientific aspects of waste reduction and management, but new concerns are about cost effectiveness factors. A considerable amount of money has been spent on recycling education/information programs with little or no measurement of the effects or results of these expenditures. This article reports the results of a survey of Florida's 67 counties to determine whether advertising media choices for recycling education/information programs were related to recycling rates. A mathematical model was developed which indicated correlations as well as predictability. Florida's recycling information/education effort is still new and does not yet provide a sufficient historical record of trends. This research provided some trend information through regression analysis techniques, but more importantly, suggests a framework for future analysis. It also revealed the deficiencies in current county and state data collection methods. Some of the lessons learned will permit a more accurate charting of the long-term results of dollar expenditures on media advertising for each county.

Publication Title

Resources Conservation and Recycling

Volume

9

Issue/Number

3

Publication Date

1-1-1993

Document Type

Article

Language

English

First Page

223

Last Page

234

WOS Identifier

WOS:A1993MB41200006

ISSN

0921-3449

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