Appendix 1

Survey Results

    The following is the breakdown of the survey questions as analized by our group:

    Question 1 inquired  if the person surveyed was aware that there are three recycling containers together at each recycling location in ES 1 & 2 (Newspaper, Glass, and P.E.T./Cans.  The majority of all groups (ERS, Planning, Geography, Architecture and Other) answered "yes" to this question.  The majority was 87%, 83%, 71%, 88%, and 50% respectively.

    Question 2 asked whether or not the student, staff, or faculty member followed instructions for appropriate recyclable materials at each bin.  The majority in all groups represented answered "yes" to this question.  The percentages were as follows:  ERS-95%, Planning-83%, Geography-94%, Architecture-63%, and Other-89%.

    Question 3 inquired whether those surveyed thought that the bins located in ES 1 & 2 are easy to find, relatively easy to find, or hard to find.  The majority of all groups surveyed (ERS-63%, Planning-69%, Geography-60%, Architecture-56%, and Other, 50%)  replied that the bins were relatively easy to find.

    Survey Question 6 asked whether, if those surveyed could not find a recycling bin, they:

    Responding to this question the majority of ERS, Planning, and Other student staff and faculty members (43%, 34% and 39% respectively) said that they keep the recyclable container until they find the bin with the proper label.  The majority of the remaining groups surveyed stated that they throw it in the garbage (Geography-37%, and Architecture-50%).  A few important notes to be considered is that of the ERS, Planning and Other students, staff and faculty members surveyed, a significant number (22%, 26% and 17% respectively) answered that they throw their recyclable in the garbage if they cannot find the proper bin.  Also, of the Geography and Architecture group members surveyed, many answered (Geography-23%, Architecture-19%) that they hold on to the recyclable until they find the proper bin.  Finally, roughly 1/5 of Geography and Architecture members answered that they place the container in any recycling bin.

    To question 7, "If there is an item in the wrong recycling bin, will it be sorted?" all groups except Other responded that they do not know.  The percentages are as follows:  ERS-55%, Planning-43%, Geography-54%, and Architecture-75%.  The majority of the Other group (44%) replied that yes, the bin will be sorted, but it is important to note that 39% of the Other group responded that they do not know whether the bins are sorted or not.

    The second part to question 7 was only answered if they answered yes to the above question.  It is important to understand that 41%, 46%, 34%, 13%, and 39% of ERS, Planning, Geography, Architecture and Other student staff and faculty members, respectively, did not answer this part of the question.  The question asked whether or not those surveyed thought the custodial staff sorted the bins.  Of those that did answer, the majority of each group answered "no", but a considerable number in each group also answered "I don't know".  The percentages for those who anwered "no" versus "I don't know" are as follows:  ERS-33% vs 23%, Planning-29% vs 23%, Geography-34% vs 26%, Architecture 13% vs 13%, and Other 44% vs 17%.

    Question 8 inquired whether those surveyed thought that custodians put the recyclable materials they find in ES 1 & 2 in recycling bins.  The majority in all groups answered that they don't know.  The percentages are:  ERS-70%, Planning-69%, Geography-83%, Architecture-81%, and Other-67%.

    In response to question 9, "Is it easier to find a garbage can or recycling bin?",  the majority of all groups (ERS-69%, Planning-69%, Geography-71%, Architecture-75% and Other-67%) replied that it is easier to find a recycling bin.

    Question 10 inquired if the person surveyed can find a recycling bin when he/she needs one.  In all groups, the majority answered most of the time; ERS-60%, Planning-51%, Geography-66%, Architecture-50%, and Other-72%.  An interesting note to account is that a very small amount in each group (8%, 9%, 6%, 6%, and 0%, respectively) replied that they can find a recycling bin all of the time.

    Question 11 asked whether or not those surveyed can find a garbage when they need one.  To this question the majority in each group answered most of the time.  This was ERS-56%, Planning-69%, Geography-66%, Architecture 44%, and Other 61%.  It is important to note that 44% of Architecture students also answered that they can find a garbage all of the time that they need one.  Also important to note is that a significant number of the remaining groups (ERS-38%, Planning-20%, Geography-23%, and Other-28%) also stated that they can find a garbage whenever they need one.

    In respect to question 12, "Are you willing to carry what you want to recycle until you find a bin?", the significant results are as follows:  40% of ERS students staff and faculty members answered that they are willing to do so "all of the time", while 38% responded "most of the time", and 28% "some of the time"; 43% of Planners answered " most of the time" and 37% "some of the time"; 43% of Geography answered "some of the time" and 34% answered "most of the time"; 50% of Architecture answered "some of the time" and 44% answered "most of the time"; 44% of Other answered "all of the time" and 39% answered "most of the time".

   The second part of the question was answered in most part by those who replied that they are "some of the time" willing to carry what they want to recycle until they find the right bin in the above question.  The que> 


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did not carry their recyclable all of the time because recycling is inconvenient, recycling is not important or recycling is both inconvenient and unimportant.  The majority of all groups surveyed answered that it was because recycling is inconvenient.  The percentages are:  ERS-20%, Planning-31%, Geography-20%, Architecture-31% and Other-22%.

    Question 13 determined whether those surveyed thought either that there are or are not enough recycling bins in ES 1.  The majority of Planning, Geography, Architecture and Other felt that there were not enough bins available (60%, 49%, 44%, and 61%, respectively), but the majority of ERS students, staff and faculty members felt that there were enough bins available (53%).  It is important to note that of the Geography and Architecture groups 46% and 38% respectively believed that there are enough bins available, while 44% of ERS students felt that there were not enough facilities.

    Question 14 inquired whether or not those surveyed believed that there were enough recycling bins in ES 2 or not.  The majority of all groups (ERS-49%, Planning-60%, Geography-49%, Architecture-56%, and Other-56%) answered that they felt there were enough bins in this building.

    Question 15, "Which of the following materials can be combined in a recycling bin?" was responded in the majority by all groups that cans and PET can be placed together.  The percentages are:  ERS-35%, Planning-34%, Geography-29%, Architecture-38% and Other 33%.  It is important to note that of those surveyed 15%, 23%, 23%, 38%, and 17% of the groups respectively did not answer this question.

    Question 16 inquired how many of the six recycling locations in ES 1 & 2 people were aware of .  All of the locations listed, he/she was to circle whatever locations he/she was aware of.  When we analyzed this data we simply calculated how many locations each person was aware of.  The results are as follows:
                                        Aware of one location:  ERS-1%, Planning-0%, Geography-11%, Architecture-6% and Other-22%
                                        Aware of two locations:  ERS-19%, Planning-14%, Geography-11%, Architecture-25% and Other-17%
                                        Aware of three locations:  ERS-26%, Planning-31%, Geography-11%, Architecture-19% and Other-22%
                                        Aware of four locations:  ERS-24%, Planning-31%, Geography-23%, Architecture-0% and Other-0%
                                        Aware of five locations:  ERS-23%, Planning-9%, Geography-29%, Architecture-0% and Other-0%
                                        Aware of six locations:  ERS-7%, Planning-14%, Geography-9%, Architecture-0% and Other-0%

    Question 17 was only responded to by the person surveyed if they used the sixth location (recycling bins outside, between ES1 & 2) listed in question 16 of the survey.  The question inquired whether the user read the label on the bins before they recycle. Of  those that did use this location, the majority answered:  51% of Planning and 46% of Geography, 45% of ERS, 25% of Architecture, and 6% of Others-"yes".  It should be noted that 37%, 43%, 49%, 75% and 83% of the groups respectively did not answer this question.

    Question 18, "Are you aware of any recycling problems?" was responded to as follows:  the majority of Planning, ERS and Architecture answered "yes" (54%, 58% and 69% respectively) while the majority of Geography and Other answered "no" (51% and 50% respectively).

    Question 19 asked if the person surveyed knew that "a) recyclable materials left as litter in the building do not get recycled and b) any wrong materials in recylcing get sorted at cost to UW" whether that would change there behaviour towards recycling.  The majority of all groups surveyed (ERS-77%, Planning-77%, Geography-74%, Architecture-56% and Other-83%) said "yes" it would change their behaviour in favour of recycling.