By Kaylyn Levine- Green Labs
The Green Labs Action Research Team has been busy completing the final waste audits for our project. Earlier this week, we performed waste audits in our area of study to determine the progress of our implemented recycling program. This audit also allowed us to investigate the usage of our recycling bins located outside the doors of our trial laboratories.
The final waste audit was an integral step in our research process. By comparing our preliminary and final waste audit findings, we are able to determine the successes and limitations of our recycling program. We made sure that the trash bins analyzed and the timing of the audit was consistent with our preliminary waste audit. Similarly, the audit of the recycling bins allows us to understand the effectiveness of our signage placed on the bins. These bins provide insight as to what knowledge the researchers have of recyclable items, as well as insight to the actual usage of the bins. We were glad to see that the researchers used the recycling bins even though they are placed outside the actual laboratories. The limitations of placing the recycling bins will be discussed in our final report.
This past week we have also monitored the number and sizes of cardboard boxes placed outside our laboratories of interest to be picked up as recycling. This information is useful to determine the volume of recycling generated by the labs each day.
In the coming weeks, we hope to create a final presentation that effectively conveys our findings regarding laboratory recycling practices. While we focused on two major laboratory areas in South Campus for this project, our goal is to create a recycling program that can be implemented across the university.