Extending the Pilot

By Ellie Joo

After a week of piloting our data collection process on the trash and recycling bins in North Campus, the Recycling Team sat down with our stakeholder Jesse Escobar last Friday. For the past few weeks, he has been a great resource of knowledge and ideas for our team. And out of consideration for our team’s South Campus majors who are more familiar with the southern part of campus, he has suggested extending our pilot program to both ends of campus!

Sara Vetter, a Recycling Team member, collects data during the second week of the team's data collection pilot.

Sara Vetter, a Recycling Team member, collects data during the second week of the team's data collection pilot.

And so begins our second pilot; we have extended our data collection region in North Campus to include MacGowan Hall and added a section of South Campus, which includes the Court of Sciences, Young Hall, Math Sciences, and Franz Hall. Since the Court of Sciences Student Center is a popular lunch and dinner spot for students, staff, and visitors, I think it will be very interesting to compare the waste bins in this region of campus with those in North Campus, especially with the stream of food-related waste coming from the bomb shelter.

The second week of our pilot will allow us to gather more data and to iron out the details of our data collection process before starting our official data collection next week. Our team has also added a couple of improvements this week: an updated, more comprehensive Google form for collecting data on our phones or laptops as well as GIS maps of all of the bin locations that we will be surveying! Since we will be collecting data in the afternoon, we will also begin to consolidate our database with the waste information that Jesse’s recycling staff will collect when they empty the waste bins in the morning.

Each day of the pilot is giving us new insight and allowing us to make room for improvements in our project. We are excited to be heading into next week when we will start our official data collection!

Photograph courtesy of Jessica Galvan.