Date of Award:


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Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)


Family Consumer Human Development

Committee Chair(s)

Jane Lott


Jane Lott


Edith Nyman


Alison Thorne


Paper waste discarded by families of five persons in Logan City was studied for two seven-day periods. The sample consisted of 42 families comprised of a father who was employed full-time, a mother, and three children living at home. A questionnaire was administered to each family for the purpose of describing the sample, and to determine some of their family conditions and practices.

Sample families were given plastic bags for storing of waste paper, which was collected at the end of each seven-day period. The weight of all paper discards was tabulated for each family. Seven of these families were put in a category of high paper output and seven families were put in a category of low paper output. Averages were tabulated for the total sample, high paper output category, and low paper output category.

The highest and lowest total paper weights recorded for the 14 days were 62 pounds 5 ounces and 7 pounds 15 ounces respectively.

The average weight for all families was 18 pounds 12 ounces. The average high paper output category was 37 pounds 11 ounces. The average low paper output category was 9 pounds 3 ounces. Through comparing these weights with information found on the questionnaires, the following may be said to have an effect on the amount of paper families discard: method of disposing of newspapers, income, and perhaps occupation of the father.