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Optimizing the number and location of public litter bins using Geographic Information Systems

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posted on 28.03.2022, 12:20 authored by Nirodha Neupane
The distance that users need to walk to public litter bins is a strong predictor of littering behaviour. However, there is limited research that combines the spatial allocation of bins and users' preferences on access to litter bins. The goal of my thesis was to optimise the number and location of public litter bins by assessing the distance users are willing to walk to bins and incorporating these distances in a network analysis in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Macquarie University, Sydney, New South Wales was the case study area. 200 face-to-face surveys were conducted to ascertain user opinion on the distances they were willing to walk to bins. I used the survey outputs to deveop 56 scenarios that provide managers of waste with a range of options to meet demand and user preferences, including allocating additional bins to the current distribution, redistributing bins and reducing the number of bins. I found that most users were willing to walk between 38 and 80 metres. Due to the heterogeneity of population distribution, I found that the most appropriate network analysis tools were maximise attendance and target market share. The approach I developed could be used to optimise the number and location of public litter bins at other locations of similar scale.

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Optimising the number and location of public litter bins using Geographic Information Systems.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction -- Chapter 2. Literature review -- Chapter 3. Methods -- Chapter 4. Results -- Chapter 5. Discussion and conclusions.

Notes

Theoretical thesis. Bibliography: pages 46-51

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis MRes

Degree

MRes, Macquarie University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Department of Environmental Sciences

Department, Centre or School

Department of Environmental Sciences

Year of Award

2015

Principal Supervisor

Alana Grech

Additional Supervisor 1

Sara Fuller

Rights

Copyright Nirodha Neupane 2015. Copyright disclaimer: http://www.copyright.mq.edu.au

Language

English

Jurisdiction

New South Wales

Extent

1 online resource (vii, 79 pages) colour maps

Former Identifiers

mq:45222 http://hdl.handle.net/1959.14/1075874