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Sustainability 2015, 7(6), 7175-7194;

Workplace Waste Recycling Behaviour: A Meta-Analytical Review

Institute for Management, Governance & Society (IMaGeS) Research, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, AB10 7QB Scotland, UK
Academic Editor: Seonaidh McDonald
Received: 25 March 2015 / Revised: 18 May 2015 / Accepted: 27 May 2015 / Published: 2 June 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Challenges for Marketers in Sustainable Production and Consumption)
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In order to increase waste recycling, many studies have been conducted to understand factors that may influence waste recycling behaviour. However, these studies have focused on household contexts rather than other waste generation contexts. As a result, this paper seeks to provide a detailed analysis of previous studies on workplace waste recycling behaviour. Drawing from different databases, 51 relevant studies on workplace waste recycling attitudes and behaviour were meta-analysed. Findings showed that the highest percentage of the existing studies were conducted in the USA, focused on a single waste stream, were often conducted within academic contexts, adopted (or modified) an existing theoretical framework and were based on questionnaires which elicited self-reported behaviour. Some of the factors identified include demographics, situational variables, past behaviour, incentives, prompts and/or information, attitudes and identity. The findings highlighted the scale of challenges confronting waste management practitioners in understanding the factors that may affect waste recycling behaviour due to the complexity and heterogeneity of human behaviours. However, the results from the reviewed studies in this research suggest that a combination of different factors may be required to influence workplace waste recycling behaviour. This may provide effective incentives to develop a framework that may assist waste management stakeholders when addressing workplace waste management. View Full-Text
Keywords: recycling; workplace; waste; waste management; attitudes; behaviour; household; meta-analysis recycling; workplace; waste; waste management; attitudes; behaviour; household; meta-analysis

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