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Recycling Knowledge & Behavior Amongst High Schoolers in a DFW Suburb

Authors: Grant Rodriguez Amlani*, University of North Texas
Topics: Sustainability Science, Human-Environment Geography, Urban and Regional Planning
Keywords: recycling, sustainability, education, waste, suburban
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/8/2020
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 4:35 PM
Room: Virtual Track 3
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As society progresses into the future, one of the concerns of the present is living sustainably so that future generations can continue to thrive. One method that is prevalent in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex (DFW) is recycling as an effort to divert waste from landfills. DFW typically handles recycling at the city level. This results in some variability in permissible recyclable items between cities. Cities and school districts often work together to determine appropriate areas for educational outreach efforts towards decreasing contamination and diverting waste, providing both environmental and economic benefits to schools and the city. In the City of Frisco, the city’s recycling education and outreach is targeted at the elementary school level, with high schoolers typically having to take the initiative upon themselves to learn proper recycling practices or volunteer for city environmental causes. This study examines how often high school students participate in recycling in their daily lives and whether they properly recycle items. Data collected would be beneficial to the district and city by identifying where gaps in recycling knowledge and behavior lie- depending on factors such as their campus, gender identity, and grade level. In the broader context of society, this study directly relates to two of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) introduced in 2015: “Sustainable Cities and Communities” and “Responsible Consumption and Production.” While global efforts, activities at the municipal level are vital towards achieving the SDGs.

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