This project is complete. The bins and the process were supposed to return to the pre-project status as of April 15. That means the round bins can be taken away.
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Projects Updates for Recycling Bins Pilot at Ikenberry
- Associated Project(s):
Bart (ISTC) talked to Ron (Grounds) about reversing the bins on the Ikenberry project after one week. The project actually started the morning of April 1 so it would be great to have the bin placement reversed on the morning of April 8th. This means moving the traditional bins to the current location of Housing’s recycling station and vice versa. On the morning of April 15th everything can be returned to normal.
A project is planned for March to evaluate a new outdoor recycling station in comparison to existing bins with revised signage. Housing has the station located inside the entrance of Ikenberry Commons. For the project, that station will be placed outside along the North entrance, directly across from the existing bins. After one week, waste audits will be conducted on both stations, the stations will then reversed, and the experiment will run for another week. The project looks to compare the recycling and contamination rates of the two station types. Results will aid in the decision making of future bin purchases.
ISTC will do the collection, sort and analysis. We will bring the material to ISTC to sort on our sorting table. Also, we will generate the report. - Bart Bartels
During the fall ’14 semester, University Housing was able to acquire a recycling bin from MaxR through their Free Bin Friday promotional event. The bin was specifically designed for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign using our colors and logo, and currently resides at the entrance of 57 North inside the Student Dining and Residential Programs Building (SDRP). A suggestion was made to use this bin, along with the recycling bins recently purchased for the main quad, to conduct a test to determine if the branding of a bin would impact recycling participation among our student population. The test would be conducted at the north entrance of SDRP, and would take place during the spring ’15 semester once weather is more favorable for outdoor foot traffic. All existing trash receptacles would be removed and replaced with the MaxR bin and the appropriately signed bins for the main quad. The test would be conducted for a two week period with the containers switching places after the first week to eliminate positioning as a possible cause for false results. Data would be collected and analyzed by ISCT to determine participation and contamination rates for each style of container. The results would be available made available to various sustainability groups across campus including ISTC and ISEE.