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Reasons for non participation in a kerbside recycling scheme
The paper looks at the barriers to kerbside recycling and motivators to increase participation in 8,000 households in Sheffield.
Incentives and rewards until the habit becomes the norm otherwise they can go back to the same negative behaviour once the incentives have been stopped.
Flexibility - allow people to share bins.
Raising awareness to householders to increase participation through local groups.
Experiences: What does/doesn’t work?
Barriers - one of the mostly common barriers to recycling is effort. This is also tied in with the person’s perception of how much effort is required to actually recycle.
The logistics of where to place a bin was also a barrier as people did not have enough room, they did not generate enough paper to use the bin.
Loyalty - they already used charity bins.
Habit - they already used local bring banks.
Lack of awareness - Being a new tenant was also a barrier.
Appearance - some people did not like the colour of the bins and did not want them in their gardens/in front of their house.
Reasons for non participation in a kerbside recycling scheme. Caroline Oates and Seonaidh McDonald (published 2003).
Caroline Oates and Seonaidh McDonald
Sheffield University. Resources, conservation and Recycling 39 (2003) 369-385