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Social barriers to recycling : a sociological study


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Elwell, DG 2004 , 'Social barriers to recycling : a sociological study', Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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This thesis links the environmentally sustainable practice of recycling of post-consumer
waste at the micro level of the individual household with the macro level of an
institutionalised system of kerbside recycling programmes. It seeks to explain why,
despite the high levels of environmental concern which currently exist within Western
industrialised societies, this environmentally-friendly practice is often performed on an
uneven or irregular basis, both in terms of the participation rate by individuals and in the
range of materials which can be recycled. The proposed explanatory model identifies the
key determinants of recycling. In addition it examines the sociopolitical factors which
affect the recycling of post-consumer waste materials, and argues that institutionalised
recycling schemes are designed to have only a minimal impact on production and
The empirical section of the thesis examines the impact of value orientation, knowledge
of recycling, normative influences, perceptions of environmental risk, environmental
orientation, the provision of institutionalised recycling programmes and
sociodemographic factors. This examination is based on analysis of data from the 1993
International Social Science Program Family and The Environment survey and
Tasmanian recycling data collected for this research project. The analysis highlights the
contribution of four key factors influencing recycling practices: knowledge of recycling,
community norms, environmental concern and the provision of institutionalised
recycling programmes.

Item Type: Thesis - Research Master
Authors/Creators:Elwell, DG
Keywords: Recycling (Waste, etc.), Environmental responsibility
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Thesis (M.A.)--University of Tasmania, 2004. Includes bibliographical references

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