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
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


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