Austin’s Design, Technology and Innovation Fellows, in partnership with Austin Resource Recovery, invite the public to a presentation about current recycling research. Fellows will discuss their recent findings on how Austinites view their role in regards to recycling and will explain next steps for transforming this innovative research into solutions for achieving the City’s Zero Waste goals.
“Before jumping to solutions, we have to first learn about the perspectives, knowledge and behaviors of Austin residents regarding recycling. What makes Austin residents recycle (or not) is different from residents in other cities. We need to understand the needs of our own communities in order to create an approach to recycling that caters to them,” said Celine Thibault, Research and Design Fellow.
This free public event will include sharing of stories, video and insights from in-person interviews conducted at the homes of 40 residents across all demographic, economic and geographic sections of Austin. In addition to the presentation, attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and participate in the design process of potential solutions, as time allows.
The research study involved meeting Austinites in their homes. Residents took researchers on a tour of their home recycling systems, pointing out what was easy or challenging. The interviews were documented with notes, photos and video recordings. The collection of these stories and observations form the foundation of the research learnings and will guide the development of service recommendations. This specialized form of research will supplement other types of data that is typically collected by City departments.
The goals of the project include gaining insight into the viewpoints of Austin residents regarding recycling and composting, developing plans for how to improve existing print and digital resources to support Austin’s Zero Waste goal and testing and refining new types of messaging and potential solutions to effectively support Zero Waste and a higher quality of life for our City’s residents.
Understanding Perspectives and Recycling Behaviors of Austin Residents
Austin’s Design, Technology and Innovation Fellowship and Austin Resource Recovery
City Council Chambers, City Hall (Free parking available at City Hall)
Thursday, January 19, 2017, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
“This research will be the North Star for the design phase of the project and valuable for future programs, products or messaging related to recycling and composting. We hope to come up with fresh approaches to reaching the City’s goal of Zero Waste by 2040,” said Katherine Duong, Research and Design Fellow.
Austin Resource Recovery provides a wide range of services designed to transform waste into resources while keeping our community clean. Our goal is to reach Zero Waste by 2040, which means reducing the amount of trash sent to landfills by 90 percent.
The City of Austin’s Design, Technology and Innovation Fellows Program is an opportunity for passionate and civic-minded researchers, designers and developers to bring the principles, values and practices of the technology sector into government.