A diagnostic approach to increase reusable dinnerware selection in a cafeteria

Jennifer C. Manuel, Mary Anne Sunseri, Ryan Olson, Miranda Scolari

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The current project tested a diagnostic approach to selecting interventions to increase patron selection of reusable dinnerware in a cafeteria. An assessment survey, completed by a sample of 43 patrons, suggested that the primary causes of wasteful behavior were (a) environmental arrangement of dinnerware options and (b) competing motivational variables. A functional relation between environmental arrangement and reusable product selection was demonstrated in a reversal design. However, the largest effect occurred as function of a multicomponent intervention involving environmental arrangement, employee involvement, and personal spoken prompts with motivational signs. The results support the use of informant assessments when designing community interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)301-310
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2007


  • Community interventions
  • Environmental interventions
  • Informant assessment
  • Product reuse
  • Waste reduction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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