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dc.contributor.authorMackall, Jenniferen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-09-16T16:42:49Z
dc.date.available2018-08-20T06:01:09Z
dc.date.issued2013-08-19en_US
dc.identifier.otherbibid: 8267239
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1813/34264
dc.description.abstractIntroduction: Food waste poses a threat to environmental, economic, and human health. Composting can reduce the threat, yet there is a dearth of research on household-level composting participation. Methods: A within-subjects, randomized-to-order experimental field study with baseline and repeated measures was conducted in an Upstate New York apartment complex. Self-reported weekly trash weights and composting attitudes were collected from 27 households who used three composting types over 14 weeks. Results: A mixed model ANOVA revealed a significant reduction in waste from baseline for all three composting types. Indoor and outdoor composting reduced waste more than off-site food scraps recycling. An interaction was found for composting type by stage in family lifecycle, composting experience, ecological behaviors, and proximity but not environmental concern on waste reduction. Qualitative analysis revealed a general preference for indoor composting yet attitudes ranged widely. Discussion: The results suggest different composing types are suited to different household types.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectHousehold compostingen_US
dc.subjectPro-environmental behavioren_US
dc.subjectEnvironmental psychologyen_US
dc.titleCan Sustainable Behaviors Be “Designed-In?”: Effects Of Composting Type On Municipal Solid Waste Production And Composting Attitudeen_US
dc.typedissertation or thesisen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHuman-Environment Relations
thesis.degree.grantorCornell Universityen_US
thesis.degree.levelMaster of Science
thesis.degree.nameM.S., Human-Environment Relations
dc.contributor.chairWells, Nancy M.en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSobal, Jefferyen_US


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