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Investigating household recycling behaviour through the interactions between personal and situational factors

A-Jalil, E. E.; Nicholson, J. D.; Deutz, P.; Deutz, Pauline; Grant, D. B.; Nicholson, John; A-Jalil, Emy Ezura


E. E. A-Jalil

D. B. Grant

J. D. Nicholson


In recent years household recycling behaviour (HRB) has become a focal point in social science research to understand the concept of household waste recycling management. Household recycling systems involve two main actors: households and municipalities. This paper reports on an empirical study of the interaction between HRB and household waste recycling systems provided by municipalities. A convenience sample of 412 households was selected to complete a survey on recycling initiatives with personal and situational factors and also their interaction. Results showed that personal factors have a significant relation with situational factors (availability, accessibility, awareness and convenience) (p < 0.01) and vice versa; with a positive correlation (r (412) = +0.41). In addition, personal factors correlated positively to availability, accessibility, awareness and convenience at a p-value below 0.01. Furthermore, situational factors interact with demographical factors such that personal factors may be predicted (overall HRB). This study uses both an interdisciplinary and multi-methods approach to answer its research questions and is also accessible to both practitioner and academic domains. © 2014 WIT Press.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date May 12, 2014
Journal WIT transactions on ecology and the environment
Print ISSN 1743-3541
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 180
Pages 113-124
ISBN 9781845647605
Keywords Recycling, Reverse logistics, Recycling behaviour, Symbiosis effect, Households recycling waste management, Waste-to-energy, Situational factor, Personal factor, Interaction, Sustainability
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Additional Information This is a copy of an open access article published in: E. E. A-Jalil, D. B. Grant, J. D. Nicholson and P. Deutz (2014) Investigating Household Recycling Behaviour Through The Interactions Between Personal And Situational Factors. WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment, Volume 180. ISSN 1743-3541


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