Using Research Data on a Business Report on West Coast College Campus

In the report titled “Analysis of the West Coast College Campus Recycling Program”, the author is interested in addressing the ongoing problem in North America whereby waste disposal is improperly done, with deposited plastics ending up in landfills. The author observes that if the trend that was ongoing at the time the report was written continued, 80 percent of landfills would be filled up by 2015. By increasing recycling efforts and awareness of the importance of the program, the author suggests that it could be possible to increase participation, thus contributing to a resolution of the problem.

The author cites secondary research in the report extensively. On the introductory page for instance, the author cites various authors who support the claims being made. The author cites Cahan (2008) who labels America as a “throw away” society (Christopher, 2010).  He also uses secondary research on the second page of the report by quoting de Blanc (2009) who proposes that recycling programs must operate at least a year before results become apparent (Christopher, 2010). The author also relies on primary research. One notable instance in which the author relies on primary research is where he formulates questionnaire to gather data on recycling habits. The survey sample comprises of students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

In my research-based report for this class, I would like to raise awareness on the dangers of cigarette smoking on individuals. I would like to gather information on attitudes that lead people to the habit before coming up with solutions on quitting. I would rely on primary data to derive information on smokers and non-smokers’ attitudes on smoking. I would then use secondary data to gather information on the dangers of cigarette smoke on individuals.





Christopher, A. (2010). Analysis of the West Coast College Campus Recycling Program. Office    of Associated Studies West Coast College.