To access this work you must either be on the Smith College campus OR have valid Smith login credentials.

On Campus users: To access this work if you are on campus please Select the Download button.

Off Campus users: To access this work from off campus, please select the Off-Campus button and enter your Smith username and password when prompted.

Non-Smith users: You may request this item through Interlibrary Loan at your own library.

Publication Date


Document Type


Study Type

EVS 300


Environmental Science and Policy


David Smith


This report identifies and analyzes different characteristics that contribute to the Quadrangle Residence Area’s relatively poor waste and recycling performance. The majority of students in the Quad consider themselves to be significantly concerned about the environment, and one might expect that the more “eco‐conscious” a student is, the better their recycling habits are, but according to the results of my study, this is not necessarily the case. There are other factors at play, including building set up, inadequate informational posters and programs to address what can and cannot be recycled, and a general confusion about recycling that permeates the entire campus. I will introduce the topic, outline the methodology used to acquire the data, identify the results of the methodology, discuss the implications of these findings, and offer a handful of solutions that Smith College ought to consider in order to facilitate better recycling habits among students.


© 2009; Andrea Buglione