Prompts and Posted Feedback: In Search of an Effective Method of Litter Control

Robyn S. Dixon, Tony Knott, Helen Rowsell, Linda Sheldon, Dennis W. Moore

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This study compared the effectiveness of prompts (signs) and posted feedback as litter control strategies in two university cafeterias. Patronage and litter rates were monitored daily throughout the second term of the academic year. Prompts, prompts and posted feedback, and posted feedback were presented sequentially within a multiple baseline across settings experimental design. While litter rates initially declined in the presence of prompts, the addition of posted feedback did not have an additive effect; however, subsequent removal of prompts produced further reductions in litter rates, which were still evident during follow-up 5 weeks later. Results suggest that posted feedback is an effective and inexpensive method of Utter control.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2-7
Number of pages6
JournalBehaviour Change
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1992
Externally publishedYes

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