By Jenna Hoover
After a quarter of collecting data, the Recycling Team is ready to turn our observations into actions! Based off of the data about the twenty-one North Campus waste stations that we monitored during Winter Quarter, our team is creating a report summarizing our findings and making recommendations for improving the campus recycling program. Recommendations in the report will relate to anything from bin placement to pick-up frequency to educational outreach. Thus, we are currently analyzing our waste data in order to identify trends that can help guide the suggestions that we will be making.
Our process of data analysis has two components: location and station type. For each component of the analysis, our team is looking at the fullness of each bin, the most prevalent material types in trash bins, and the amount and type of contamination of the recycling bins. From this analysis, our team will be able to come up with recommendations that we will be able to share with UCLA Facilities and hopefully see come to fruition. Because our team spent the majority of Winter Quarter collecting data, it is rewarding to start taking steps toward actions based on our research. As we continue to work on and finish the report, I cannot wait to see what results our research and recommendations will amount to.