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Park Trash Cans (08-19-21)

Van Doesumand colleagues studied how signage and trash can location influence at-park littering.  They determined that “Moving waste receptacles from the interior to the exits of a park makes waste collection more efficient. . . . we removed all waste receptacles from within an urban park and placed them at the exits in three consecutive field studies. . . .  litter levels increased from initial baseline. . . .

Good Behavior, By Design

When people act in ways that their societies consider ethical, all can benefit. Environmental neuroscientists have developed a rich understanding of how design can encourage space and object users to be on their best behavior— and their insights can be applied in practice.


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