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

A-Jalil, E. E.; Grant, D. B.; Nicholson, J. D.; Deutz, P.


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.


A-Jalil, E. E., Grant, D. B., Nicholson, J. D., & Deutz, P. (2014). Investigating household recycling behaviour through the interactions between personal and situational factors.

Conference Name Waste Management and The Environment VII
Publication Date May 12, 2014
Deposit Date Apr 27, 2016
Publicly Available Date Nov 23, 2017
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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