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Sustainability 2017, 9(12), 2345; doi:10.3390/su9122345

The Involvement of Future Generations in the Circular Economy Paradigm: An Empirical Analysis on Aluminium Packaging Recycling in Spain

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School of Communication, International University of Catalonia, Immaculada 22, 08127 Barcelona, Spain
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Institute of Neurosciences, University of Barcelona, Campus de Mundet, Pg. de la Vall d’Hebron 171, 08035 Barcelona, Spain
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School of Engineers, TECNUN, University of Navarra, 20018 San Sebastián, Spain
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Received: 26 October 2017 / Revised: 4 December 2017 / Accepted: 11 December 2017 / Published: 15 December 2017
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Abstract

The European circular economy action plan, launched in 2015 includes a group of measures aligned with the 3r principles. To meet recycling goals, valuable materials such as aluminium must have packaging that helps to increase their recycling rate above the current 45.6%. This recycling rate could be improved with the help of current consumers and the education of future generations. In this way, the aim of this study is to prove the positive effects of childhood education in the circular economy by teaching sustainable practices in the case of aluminium packaging recycling. The study was conducted in the form of a survey, with data being gathered via questionnaires carried out “pre” and “post” workshop in schools of different regions of Spain in students between 8 and 12 years old. This study provides an exciting opportunity to advance our knowledge of the use of workshops to increase children’s knowledge, awareness, and intention of recycling. View Full-Text
Keywords: recycling; circular economy; environmental children education; aluminium packaging; social change recycling; circular economy; environmental children education; aluminium packaging; social change
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Buil, P.; Roger-Loppacher, O.; Selvam, R.M.; Prieto-Sandoval, V. The Involvement of Future Generations in the Circular Economy Paradigm: An Empirical Analysis on Aluminium Packaging Recycling in Spain. Sustainability 2017, 9, 2345.

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