Investigating household recycling behaviour through the interactions between personal and situational factors

Emy Jalil, David Grant, John Nicholson, Pauline Deutz

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In recent years household recycling behaviour (HRB) has become a focal point in social science research to understand the concept of household waste recycling management. Household recycling systems involve two main actors: households and municipalities. This paper reports on an empirical study of the interaction between HRB and household waste recycling systems provided by municipalities. A convenience sample of 412 households was selected to complete a survey on recycling initiatives with personal and situational factors and also their interaction. Results showed that personal factors have a significant relation with situational factors (availability, accessibility, awareness and convenience) (p < 0.01) and vice versa; with a positive correlation (r (412) = +0.41). In addition, personal factors correlated positively to availability, accessibility, awareness and convenience at a p-value below 0.01. Furthermore, situational factors interact with demographical factors such that personal factors may be predicted (overall HRB). This study uses both an interdisciplinary and multi-methods approach to answer its research questions and is also accessible to both practitioner and academic domains.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-124
Number of pages12
JournalWIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event7th International Conference on Waste Management and the Environment - Ancona, Italy
Duration: 12 May 201414 May 2014
Conference number: 7


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