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Recycling 2016, 1(2), 271-285; doi:10.3390/recycling1020271

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

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Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen AB10 1RT, UK
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Energy and Sustainability, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen AB10 GJ, UK
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Academic Editor: Michele Rosano
Received: 12 August 2016 / Revised: 1 September 2016 / Accepted: 2 September 2016 / Published: 7 September 2016
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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” (what, when, and where) 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. View Full-Text
Keywords: attitudes; behaviour; communication; information; prompts; policy; recycling; waste attitudes; behaviour; communication; information; prompts; policy; recycling; waste
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Oke, A.; Kruijsen, J. The Importance of Specific Recycling Information in Designing a Waste Management Scheme. Recycling 2016, 1, 271-285.

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