Recycling Survey

Katlyn Watson, Tiffany Wiseman, Chelsea Welch

Recycling Survey

Please help us out and complete this survey by February 21, 2016. The data collected from this survey will be analyzed and shared using the same flyer by February 22, 2016. Thank you! Click this link for easy access: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ZJ7qEMA4CqjR8nbTLacBrMNOd-ICitDTEPiplW5KL4o/viewform?edit_requested=true

Recycling Survey

Sunday, Feb. 21st, 11:45pm

This is an online event.

Please take our Recycling survey by Sunday February 21st 2016! This will allow us to get your feedback in a timely manner! Thank You!

Results from Survey


In today’s society recycling is a hot topic that many people have mixed feelings about. We decided to allow people to take a survey to see what people really think about recycling. As a result of our survey, we have seen some very interesting results. Almost 100% of people said that it is important to recycle. We feel that it is as well. Here are some more results that we wanted to share.
One of the quantitative questions that we asked was pretty even among responses. The people who took the survey stated that a major reason they do not recycle is due to the lack of time. There were 35 people who took the survey and 12 (34%) stated time was the cause for their not recycling. From our 35 respondents, 37% believe that people choose not to recycle because they are too lazy. This suggests that people may not want to take the time to separate their recyclables. Almost 28% of people believe that others do not recycle because they do not see the lasting effect it will have on the planet or feel they do not have the proper equipment to begin recycling.
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Another issue that revealed itself through our survey was the lack of knowledge others have about the materials that can be recycled. This question asks how many times glass can be recycled, the correct answer is forever. Those taking the survey either responded forever or none, glass can not be recycled. Not knowing what materials can and cannot be recycled is due to a lack of education in recycling. These results indicate that by increasing public awareness about recycling, might increase the number of people who are willing to recycle.
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We wanted to see the most popular items that are recycled regularly. As you can see by the graph above, the most popular item was plastic bottles. Following right behind was metal coke cans. The third most popular was recycling paper. These three items are ones that public areas make more available to recycle and are easiest to recycle in the home.
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An issue that we were curious about was where people take their recyclables. As you can see from the graph above, 77.1% of our respondents physically take their recycling to a center in their community. 22.9% stated that the city picks up their recycling, this is a service that is most likely provided along with their garbage pick-up. These results, along with the vast majority of people believing that many do not recycle due to laziness, lead us to believe that if a recycling pick-up service was offered more people might recycle.
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Shockingly, an overwhelming majority of our respondents felt that citizens should NOT receive a monetary reimbursement as an incentive to recycled. The above graph indicates that 62.9% of our 35 respondents felt that reimbursing people for recycling is unnecessary.