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Analysis of disposable and reusable hot beverage containers at the Melbourne Museum. Public

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The Melbourne Museum, which strives to be an environmentally responsible establishment, has been criticized for using expanded polystyrene foam (EPF) cups in the Balcony Cafe. The object of this project was to determine the most suitable material to use in the Balcony Cafe. To do so, we conducted customer surveys, interviewed cup distributors and Peter Rowland's Catering management, conducted on and off-site field studies, and performed cost-benefit analyses of EPF cups and alternatives. We determined that EPF is the least environmentally harmful material and is cost-effective for the Balcony Cafe. In order to communicate our findings to visitors, we designed signs to be placed in the Balcony Cafe. Finally, we arranged for the Melbourne Museum to engage in the first EPF beverage container recycling program in Australia.

  • This report represents the work of one or more WPI undergraduate students submitted to the faculty as evidence of completion of a degree requirement. WPI routinely publishes these reports on its website without editorial or peer review.
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  • 02D165I
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  • 2002
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  • 2002-01-01
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  • Melbourne
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