|Published online: May 21, 2014||$US5.00|
The purpose of this research is to examine and explore campus community’s attitude, behavior and perception towards recycling in general, and initiating a recycling program in particular. A mid-sized public institution in West Virginia, in the United States currently does not have a recycling program. A web-based survey of faculty, staff, and students gather information to fulfill stated research objectives. Summary statistics, data exploration, graphical presentation, and statistical analysis were utilized to assess awareness, attitude, and behavior toward recycling in general and a need to initiate a program on campus. Survey results reveal the campus communities’ attitude, behavior, and perception towards recycling and willingness to initiate recycling. Correlation analysis finds a statistical positive correlation between recycling behavior at home and attitude towards recycling on campus. Moreover, willingness to volunteer for recycling purposes was also correlated with recycling behavior and the belief that recycling is a social responsibility. The statistical analyses imply that the support and commitment to recycling program at the university was influenced by current knowledge of recycling efforts, present recycling behavior, attitude that recycling is a social responsibility and the willingness to affiliate them with the environmental club. The result implies that there is a need and desire for the college community to recycle, and the influential factor is also explored. The results provide empirical evidence supporting recycling programs and a need for the university to establish a program to facilitate recycling program. The findings provide policy implications to similar institutions in the region.
|Keywords:||Recycling, Commitment, Behavior, Correlation Analysis|
The International Journal of Environmental Sustainability, Volume 9, Issue 3, May 2014, pp.15-31. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 21, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 650.206KB)).
Assistant Professor, Marketing and Management, West Liberty University, West Liberty, WV, USA
Professor, Agriculture and Resource Economics, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, USA