Participation in curbside recycling schemes and its variation with material types

Woodard, R., Harder, Marie K. and Bench, Matthew L. (2006) Participation in curbside recycling schemes and its variation with material types Waste Management, 26 (8). pp. 914-919. ISSN 0956-053X

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Abstract

Local authorities throughout the UK are refining or implementing curbside recycling schemes as they attempt to achieve challenging statutory recycling targets. Despite the importance of curbside schemes there are few published studies that have reported on actual measured levels and frequency of participation by residents, hindering transferability of lessons learned nationally and internationally. This paper reports measurements and analysis over at least four weeks for three different curbside recycling schemes operating in England, with at least 1400 samples in each. It is found that the participation rate is higher in schemes that collect more types of materials. Participation rates of 38%, 49% and 65% were measured for schemes that collected 1, 2 and 3 material types, respectively. The increase appears to be related not only to extra participants setting out the additional materials, but also increased participation for the common materials. It is found that for one scheme, more households tend to set out plastics and cans compared to newspapers.

Item Type: Journal article
Subjects: F000 Physical Sciences > F800 Physical Geography and Environmental Sciences > F850 Environmental Sciences
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1016/j.wasman.2005.08.009
Faculties: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Waste and Energy Research Group
Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Environment and Technology > Applied Geosciences
Depositing User: editor environment
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2006
Last Modified: 01 May 2012 15:24
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/1183

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