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Recycling policy in areas of low-income and multi-story housing

McQuaid, Ronald W and Murdoch, Angus R (1996) Recycling policy in areas of low-income and multi-story housing. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management,, 39 (4). pp. 547-564. ISSN 0964 0568

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The paper considers the participation of households in recycling programmes in areas of multi-storey, low income housing which are often considered unattractive for such programmes. A model of the material recycled is presented together with a review of socio-economic, housing, technological, policy and other factors influencing household recycling. This is followed by a case study of two areas in the city of Edinburgh. Results suggest that the level of recycling is influenced by collection methods, for all materials except glass, with half of the recyclers starting as a result of the introduction of kerbside collection. Housing characteristics (such as the storey-level in buildings without lifts), household size and access to cars all influenced recycling participation rates. Housing tenure was not found to be significant. This suggests that well designed kerbside collection programmes can have a significant impact in areas with high levels of multi-storey dwellings, low-incomes, and public housing.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 0964 0568
Electronic ISSN: 1360 0559
Uncontrolled Keywords: recycling programmes; participation; multi-storey dwellings; low-income; public housing; kerb-side collection;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Edinburgh Napier University, Employment Research Institute
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & social services > 363 Other social problems & services
300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & social services > 363 Other social problems & services > 363.7 Environmental pollution
Library of Congress Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Item ID: 2816
Depositing User: Mrs Lyn Gibson
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2009 10:11
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2014 14:26
URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/2816

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