Abstract Title

Minimizing Plastic Bag Usage at Kent State

Abstract

This project identifies the need for plastic bag recycling on the Kent campus because the plastic bags like those used at the markets have negative environmental effects. Markets like Eastway and Prentice and other dining locations use plastic bags that cannot be recycled in the single-stream recycling used at Kent State. These plastic bags then end up in landfills and oceans, harming wildlife and people alike. By surveying student attitudes about environmental issues, interviewing members of the Sustainability department, and researching the effects of plastic bags on people, the animals, and the environment, we have concluded that Kent State should make plastic bag recycling receptacles accessible to students and faculty. We have also concluded that the university should provide one reusable bag to each student and incentivise the use of reusable bags at the markets.

Modified Abstract

This project identifies the need for plastic bag recycling on the Kent campus because the plastic bags like those used at the markets have negative environmental effects. Markets like Eastway and Prentice and other dining locations use plastic bags that cannot be recycled in the single-stream recycling used at Kent State. These plastic bags then end up in landfills and oceans, harming wildlife and people alike. By surveying student attitudes about environmental issues, interviewing members of the Sustainability department, and researching the effects of plastic bags on people, the animals, and the environment, we have concluded that Kent State should make plastic bag recycling receptacles accessible to students and faculty.

Research Category

Professional Practice, Outreach, Engagement

Mentor #1 Information

Cheyennne Battle

Presentation Format

Poster

Start Date

5-4-2018 1:00 PM

Research Area

Environmental Policy | Environmental Studies | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration

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Minimizing Plastic Bag Usage at Kent State

This project identifies the need for plastic bag recycling on the Kent campus because the plastic bags like those used at the markets have negative environmental effects. Markets like Eastway and Prentice and other dining locations use plastic bags that cannot be recycled in the single-stream recycling used at Kent State. These plastic bags then end up in landfills and oceans, harming wildlife and people alike. By surveying student attitudes about environmental issues, interviewing members of the Sustainability department, and researching the effects of plastic bags on people, the animals, and the environment, we have concluded that Kent State should make plastic bag recycling receptacles accessible to students and faculty. We have also concluded that the university should provide one reusable bag to each student and incentivise the use of reusable bags at the markets.