Litter in a University Cafeteria: Demographic Data and the Use of Prompts as an Intervention Strategy

Durdan, C. A., Reeder, G. D. & Hecht, P. R. (1985). Litter in a university cafeteria: Demographic data and the use of prompts as an intervention strategy. Environment and Behavior, 17, 3, 387-404.

Investigated the effectiveness of posted feedback as a litter control strategy in a university cafeteria in the absence of written prompts. Patronage and litter rates were monitored daily throughout a school term. Posted feedback was effective in reducing litter rates relative to baseline. Reductions in litter rates were maintained following intervention and continued to be evident 2 wks after the completion of the study. Posted feedback was thus a simple and effective method of litter control.

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