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GovLabPHL behavioral science reports

In 2017, the City of Philadelphia coordinated two studies with its GovLabPHL Behavioral Science Initiative.

The studies measured the effect of:

  • Public waste receptacle numbers on litter and staff time.
  • Lidded recycling bins on recycling volume and litter prevention.

Name Description Released Format
Trash receptacle placement report PDF This study examined how increasing or decreasing the number of public trash receptacles impacts trash collected from within remaining receptacles, trash collected as litter, staff hours spent picking up litter, and the litter index for the area. September 26, 2018
Recycling bin distribution report PDF This study examined how recycling bin distribution with lids influences tonnage (weight) of recycling from residences and littering in the neighborhood. September 26, 2018