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The Importance of Specific Recycling Information in Designing a Waste Management Scheme

  1. Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen
  2. Energy and Sustainability, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen
Version 1 : Received: 12 August 2016 / Approved: 15 August 2016 / Online: 15 August 2016 (11:34:39 CEST)

A peer-reviewed article of this Preprint also exists.

Oke, A.; Kruijsen, J. The Importance of Specific Recycling Information in Designing a Waste Management Scheme. Recycling 2016, 1, 271-285. Oke, A.; Kruijsen, J. The Importance of Specific Recycling Information in Designing a Waste Management Scheme. Recycling 2016, 1, 271-285.

Journal reference: Recycling 2016, 1, 271
DOI: 10.3390/recycling1020271

Abstract

Recycling information can be complex and often confusing which may subsequently reduce the participations in any waste recycling schemes. As a result, this research explored the roles as well as the importance of a holistic approach in designing recycling information using 15 expert-based in-depth interviews. The rationale was to offer a better understanding of what constitutes waste, recycling, and how recycling information should be designed and presented to make recycling more attractive/convenient. Based on the research participants’ perceptions with supports from the existing studies, this research sub-categorised recycling information into three different themes, termed the “WWW” of recycling information components. As a result, these components (or attributes) were extensively described (using findings of semi-structured interviews) to elicit pragmatic guidance for practitioners, policy-makers, and other stakeholders in designing structured communication or information strategies that may simplify and subsequently increase waste-recycling practices. The policy implications of holistic information in enhancing recycling are further discussed.

Subject Areas

Attitudes; Behaviour; Communication; Information; Prompts; Policy; Recycling; Waste

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