University of Twente Student Theses


Improving waste separation at the UT campus

Claes, S.H.J. (2022) Improving waste separation at the UT campus.

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Abstract:The University of Twente has aims to become more sustainable, and therefore wants to reduce the amounts of waste produced and disposed. Therefore, the waste currently disposed has to be recycled more. However, since the UT community has a lack of waste separation knowledge this goal is hard to reach. The waste is incorrectly separated, and can therefore not be properly recycled. For this reason the client of this research, CFM-UT, reached out to find a solution. Thus, the aim for this research was to find a solution for the incorrect separation of waste at the University of Twente. To find out why people do not dispose their waste correctly, and how their behavior can be changed, research was conducted. Additionally, a possible solution has been found, designed, and created. The intervention created is the Interactive Waste Island, which strives to positively change waste disposal behavior and educate its users about correct disposal. An evaluation conducted through user testing with UT community members showed that the interactive waste island is a promising, and successful, concept. waste separation behavior of the participants using the product significantly increased in comparison with the participants who did not. In addition, the participants found the product to be attractive, informative, educating, and that it gave good feedback about their waste separation behavior. However, to use it in a realistic setting some further development is needed. The client, CFM-UT, positively received the product created during this research and has shown interest to use it for their own future research as well.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
CFM-UT, Enschede, The Netherlands
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:01 general works
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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