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Enhancing Participation in Kitchen Waste Collections - WR0209

A strong evidence base now exists on household attitudes and behaviours in relation to dry recyclables, following considerable research effort in recent years. This effort has helped to ensure that new investment in recycling services and communications has been targeted effectively; it has also underpinned the development of the national Recycle Now campaign. Similar research is now needed to plug the gap in knowledge about households` beliefs and willingness to act on bio-wastes. This is especially important for food, given that the number of kitchen waste collections is set to rise dramatically in the near future, as authorities look for new ways to achieve landfill diversion targets.

This research investigated how individual and household attitudes and behaviours – together with service design – deter or encourage participation in kitchen waste collections. Therefore, it will help to identify priorities for action, in terms of service design and communications.
Aims of the research are:

• to provide strategic insights on kitchen waste attitudes and behaviours, including differentiation across socio-demographic and situational factors (e.g. housing types);

• to identify service design issues affecting, or likely to affect, participation;

• to identify issues that will need to be tackled via communications;

• to identify the lessons learned so far from existing practice and match these to the insights from household research.

The research was designed to provide both case-study detail and strategic insights which can be used by authorities to help design effective services and communications campaigns to enhance participation in kitchen waste collections.
Project Documents
• Final Report : WR0209 "Enhancing participation in kitchen waste collections - Final Report   (1046k)
• Final Report : WR0209 "Enhancing participation in kitchen waste collections" - Summary Report   (201k)
• OTH - Other : WR0209 context note Mar 2011 FINAL   (109k)
• OTH - Other : WR0209 Food Waste Collections Int Review   (3177k)
• TRP - Technical Report : WR0209 Food Waste Collections FINAL TECHNICAL REPORT   (2925k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2006

To: 2010

Cost: £228,700
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Resource Recovery Forum, Save Waste and Prosper Ltd, WasteWatch, Brook Lyndhurst
Behaviour change              
Effective household waste prevention              
Environmental Protection              
Social Dimension              
Social Research              
Systems for Resource Recovery              
Understand/enhance pro-environmental behaviour              
Understanding economic & political causal factors              
Waste collection and handling systems              
Waste Management              
Fields of Study
Waste Management