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Title: Effects of bin proximity and informational prompts on recycling and contamination
Authors: Rosenthal, Sonny
Linder, Noah
Keywords: Social sciences::Sociology
Issue Date: 2021
Source: Rosenthal, S. & Linder, N. (2021). Effects of bin proximity and informational prompts on recycling and contamination. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 168, 105430-.
Journal: Resources, Conservation and Recycling 
Abstract: This between-subjects experiment manipulated the proximity of a waste bin relative to a recycling bin and the presence of information about why and how to rinse recyclables. After completing a yogurt taste test, 272 undergraduate students disposed of their plastic tasting cups in either a waste bin or a recycling bin. Binary logistic regression showed use of the recycling bin roughly tripled when the waste bin was made less convenient by moving it away from the tasting area (p <. 001, Nagelkerke R2 = 0.54). Univariate ANOVA showed the contamination level of recycled items was lower when an informational prompt indicated how clean recyclables need to be (p <. 001, η2p = 0.08), but not when it indicated why rinsing is important. These findings showcase how manipulating the physical environment can be a powerful tool to steer behavior and how tailored information can complement physical changes to promote proenvironmental actions.
ISSN: 0921-3449
DOI: 10.1016/j.resconrec.2021.105430
Schools: Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information 
Rights: © 2021 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (
Fulltext Permission: open
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