McDonald's Waste Reduction Task Force

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On August 1, 1990, the McDonald's Corporation and Environmental Defense joined forces in a unique collaborative project. They worked together to develop ways to reduce McDonald's …

Excuse Me Do You Recycle? Public Participation in Curbside Recycling in the UK.

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In 1990, the UK government set a target for the recycling of 25% of household waste by the year 2000. With this new target, many local authorities began to re-think their recyclin…

Waste Wise Program

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Waste Wise is a free, voluntary program set up by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which attempts to eliminate costly municipal solid waste. Waste Wise targ…

Turn it Off: Anti-Idling Project Using Commitment, Prompts and Norms

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This pilot project sought to decrease the frequency and duration of motorists idling their vehicle engines. The pilot project involved staff approaching motorists at Toronto schoo…

Food For Thought (And Action!) Program

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The Food For Thought (And Action!) program started in the 1st Unitarian Church in Portland, Oregon in March 2002. The intent was to bring to light the connections between dietary …

Increasing Community Recycling with Persuasive Communication and Public Commitment

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Burn, S. M., & Oskamp, S. (1986). Increasing community recycling with persuasive communication and public commitment. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 16, 1, 29-41.
201 households that did not recycle during a 6-wk baseline period heard an oral informational statement delivered by 10 trained Boy Scouts (aged 13-17 yrs), and then 1 of 3 were…

Litter Reduction: A Review and Integration of the Literature. Special Issue: Litter Control and Recycling

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Huffman, K. T., Grossnickle, W. F., Cope, J. G., & Huffman, K. P. (1995). Litter reduction: A review and integration of the literature. Special Issue: Litter control and recycling. Environment and Behavior, 27, 2, 153-183.
Examined 40 articles and 59 studies that employed either an antecedent strategy (ATS) or consequence strategy (CQS) to integrate behavioral and social changes in communities and i…

The Comparative Effectiveness of Reward and Commitment Approaches in Motivating Community Recycling

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Katzev, R. D. & Pardini, A. U. The comparative effectiveness of reward and commitment approaches in motivating community recycling. Vol. 17. 1987-1988. 93-113.

Effects of Goal Setting and Commitment on Increasing Metal Recycling

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McCaul, K. D. & Kopp, J. T. (1982). Effects of goal setting and commitment on increasing metal recycling. Journal of Applied Psychology, 67, 3, 377-379.
Conducted a field experiment, in which 120 college students were asked to conserve energy by collecting aluminum cans for recycling. Half of the Ss were provided with an explicit …

The Effects of Strength of Commitment on Newspaper Recycling

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Pardini, A. U. & Katzev, R. D. (1983-1984). The effects of strength of commitment on newspaper recycling. Journal of Environmental Systems, 13, 245-254.
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