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PHASE TWO: Fjolnisson, Kelley, and Taylor - Flagler College Students and Recycling Spring 2019
Generated Apr 1, 2019 by fannar1999

PHASE TWO: Fjolnisson, Kelley, and Taylor - Flagler College Students and Recycling Spring 2019

Intorduction:

On the first phase of this project, the social media habits of a sample of 150 Flagler College students from the spring semester 2019 was explored. In this phase of the report, the same sample of 150 students will be divided into two smaller samples. These two samples are the sample of the Flagler College students who think Flagler College makes it easy for the college community to recycle and Flagler College students who think it's hard for the college community to recycle. Of those 150 Flagler College students sampled, 88 said it was hard for the community to recycle and 62 said it was easy.

Students surveyed answered many other questions. They reported, how many times a month they were served food or drink items in Styrofoam container, If they think that the United States government should use more tax payer’s money to improve recycling options in the United States and if they think that citizens of the United States recycle enough. In this report, three comparisons will be investigated. The first comparison will be the response of being served items in styrofoam container approximately how many times a month between if they think Flagler College makes it easy or hard for the college community to recycle. Then the response if students feel like they think that the United States government should use more tax payer’s money to improve recycling options in the United States and if students think that citizens of the United States recycle enough will be compared between if Flagler College makes it easy or hard for the community to recycle.

Comparison #1: Approximately how many times in a month are you served a food item or drink in a Styrofoam container?

The reason for this comparison is because I wanted to see if people who get served or don’t get served a lot of containers find it hard to find recycling bins etc in the Flagler community. The following stacked boxplots and corresponding summary statistics represent the number of times they were served food or drink item in a Styrofoam container. Although three students were served approximately over 20 times a month a Styrofoam container, I did not consider them to be outliers. Therefore no student was excluded in this comparison

Overall, there was some difference but not much in the reported servings of styrofoam containers between Flagler students who think its hard or easy for the community to recycle. The median serving of Styrofoam containers served for students who said it was easy to recycle in the Flagler community was 3 servings while the median for students who said it was hard to recycle in the community was 5 servings so not significantly different. The upper and lower quartiles for the samples were drastically different those who said it was hard to recycle in the community (2 to 10) and those who said it was easy to recycle in the community (0 to 7). The minimum and maximum of servings were the same, however, (0 to 25 respectively). Both sample distributions don't have outliers in my opinion because it is possible to be served more than 20 times a month a styrofoam container. The upper fence of those who said it was hard was greater than of those who said it was easy to recycle in the community (20 > 15). As you can see in the boxplot those who get served more styrofoam containers find it hard to recycle in the Flagler community. Futhermore the variability of the responses is almost the same those who said it was hard (8), easy (7).

Comparison #2: Do you think the United States government should use more tax payer’s money to improve recycling options in the United States?

The following split bar plot shows that Students who find it easy and hard to recycle in the Flagler community were both in an agreement that the United States government should use more tax payer’s money to improve recycling options in the United States although those who said it was hard to recycle in the Flagler community were larger both were in great favour that the government should improve. Out of the 160 students, 111 said that the government should improve recycling options in the United States. It doesn’t seem to matter if some students seem to find it hard or easy to recycle in the Flagler community, becuase both were in great favour of improving USA’s current recycling situation.

Comparison #3: Do you think that citizens of the United States recycle enough?

The following contingency table compares the responses to those students if they think that citizens of the United States recycle enough between those students who find it hard or easy to recycle in the Flagler community. Overall 140 out of 150 students surveyed believe that citizens of the United States don’t recycle enough compared to 10 who say they do. Thus a staggering 93.3% (140/150) of all the students surveyed feel citizens don't recycle enough. Therefore, the majority of the students feel we should recycle more.

Of the 88 students who said it was hard to recycle in the Flagler community, 84 feel citizens don’t recycle enough, that is approximately 95% (84/88). Compared to students who say it is easy to recycle in the Flagler community, of the 62 students, 56 feel citizens don’t recycle enough, that is 90% (56/62). The difference is not big only 5% per cent, therefore both groups seemed to be in an agreement.

Conclusion

In this comparison of the opinions between the students surveyed who feel that the Flagler does not do a good job of recycling for the community (hard) and those students who feel that Flagler does a good job of recycling for the community (easy), it was found that these two groups did not differ much in how many times a month they get served a food or drink item in a Styrofoam container and there was not much difference how they feel about the United States government improving recycling options in the USA. They were also in an agreement that people in the United States don’t recycle enough and should improve. The people who are surveyed were divided in the opinion if Flagler makes a good job of providing recycling possibilities for the Flagler community but are certainly are in favour of both the government and the people to improve their ways in terms of recycling.

Result 1: Do you think Flagler College makes it easy or hard for the community to recycle   [Info]

Result 2: How many times a month we are served items in a styrofoam container and if Flagler makes it easy for   [Info]

Result 3: How many times in a month we are served items in a styrofoam container and if Flagler makes it easy   [Info]

### Summary statistics for Approximately how many times in a month are you served a food item or drink in a Styrofoam container?:

Group by: Do you think Flagler College makes it easy or hard for the college community to recycle?
Do you think Flagler College makes it easy or hard for the college community to recycle?nMinQ1MedianQ3MaxIQR
No, Hard8802510258
Yes, Easy620037257

Result 4: If Flagler makes it easy for the community to recycle vs if United States government should improve   [Info]

Result 5: Do you think Flagler College makes it easy or hard for the college community to recycle? And Do you   [Info]

### Contingency table results:

Rows: Do you think Flagler College makes it easy or hard for the college community to recycle?
Columns: Do you think that citizens of the United States recycle enough?
NoYesTotal
No, Hard84488
Yes, Easy56662
Total14010150

### Chi-Square test:

StatisticDFValueP-value
Chi-square11.53958940.2147
Warning: over 20% of cells have an expected count less than 5.
Chi-Square suspect.