Luke Suri An investigation into recycling

Our null hypothesis was that that there would be no relationship between owning a car and recycling activity, there is no difference between men and women in terms of recycling activity and that there is no relationship between wealth and recycling activity. Our alternate hypothesis is that women recycle more than men, the more wealthy a person the more they recycle and those who own a vehicle are more likely to recycle than those who do not. Our method in carrying out this investigation was in the form of questionnaires, we intended on giving each student in South Craven School s Sixth Form a questionnaire to find out about their families recycling habits. Our Sample method was and optimistic sample, neither random nor systematic, as we aimed for complete coverage of the students. The 300 students meant we had a convenient sample size as there were not too many samples for us to process. However the complete coverage was not achieved due to unwilling students. After starting the topic after our AS exams, we as class all brought in sample questionnaires, and then our subject tutor took our questions into account and created a pilot questionnaire. We then analyzed the pilot copy and edited it till the entire investigation group came to a decision. In the end we added bolds and italics to improve the overall look of the questionnaire, added more space to some of the answer areas where we thought that participants may need to write more, and more multiple choice questions to obtain a greater understanding of recycling habits of the questionnaire holders With our first hypothesis (Relationship Comparing wealth and Composite recycling activity between wealth and activity) I had originally assumed that recycling activity 40 would increase with an increase in 35 wealth, however as we can see from the 30 25 graph shown there is no direct 20 correlation between wealth and 15 R² = 0.006 10 recycling activity, as the points are 5 plotted in a scattered manner, saying 0 that there in a slight indirect correlation 0 10 20 Composite wealth score between wealth and recycling activity as R²= 0.006 and with our knowledge from spearman s rank correlation code, that is >1 and therefore shows minimal correlation. With the data provided we have then proved that our hypothesis is a null hypothesis and that my original hunch was incorrect. Hence we have managed to prove that recycling activity does not increase with an increase in wealth.
Composite recycling activity

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.5 2 1.2 Category of sample Home score Male Home score female Centre score Male Centre score female 4.5 0 Home score Male Home score female Centre score Male Centre score female Average recycling score Q14 The Above data was collected from the spreadsheet with our modified data (In appendix) looking at the gender on an overviewed scale we can see that on average there in little difference between the average male and average female score by only 0. that 0.2 9.Our Second hypothesis was Is there a relationship between gender and recycling ? Looking at gender and Recycling Activity Average recycling activity 9. Therefore as you may have realized we have found a glitch in our findings and how we have presented them in graphs and numerical values.5 4 3.3 of men recycle more than women.6 9. but according to our data women recycle more at centers. According to our data men and women both men and women recycle their rubbish at home the same amount.6 4. This could be something that we could work on and change in the future. If we break down the charts we can see further the recycling habits of men and women. and therefore we can say that in general .5 3 2. as it should be women who on average recycle more.4 9.5 9.1 Looking more closely at Gender based activity 5 4.1 9 1 Gender 2 Average Male score Average Female score Average Male score Average Female score 9. Through re-working the data I have double checked and it should be in fact women with the higher recycling score.5 9.6 1.3 9.3.8 2.5 1 0.

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