February 18, 2022

Eco-Feedback Technology to Promote Recycling

CIRT Co-Founder Dr. Jenna Jambeck studied recycling rates in semi-public spaces using eco-feedback technology and environmental psychology. Using mixed-methods research Jambeck’s team used a low-cost, low-energy electronic recycling bin (WeRecycle) to measure human-computer interaction and social principals. These tools were useful in providing eco-feedback data in multiple social environments. Results show that the technology bins resulted in statistically significant increases in recycling rates. This research is consequential because recycling rates have plateaued and the use of eco-feedback technology could be an important tool in promoting recycling activity outside the home. To read the full article, click here.

Fig. 5. Normalized Items Recycled during the Baseline and Interventions.