Attitudes and behaviour towards waste management in the Dublin, Ireland region

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Title: Attitudes and behaviour towards waste management in the Dublin, Ireland region
Authors: Purcell, M.
Magette, W. L.
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Date: Oct-2010
Abstract: The hypothesis of this research was that attitudes about the management of biodegradable municipal waste (BMW) are spatially variable, even within a city of modest (1.2 million) population. For a select number of representative electoral districts in the Dublin, Ireland region, residents were surveyed regarding attitudes towards waste management in general, and BMW management in particular. A total of 850 survey responses were collected. Door-to-door interviews produced 688 responses in the residential sector; these were supplemented by 162 responses to a web-based survey. The surveys revealed that the majority of households use local authority, rather than private, waste collection services (both are available). The majority of residents, regardless of the local authority in which they live, were satisfied with their waste management service. “Reducing the quantity of waste generated” was regarded the most important future issue for 28% of residential respondents. Statistical analyses of the survey responses showed that the local authority in which respondents resided significantly influenced most responses (including waste collection service used, waste service satisfaction and backyard composting activity). Many responses (including waste service satisfaction, waste management influences) were also significantly related to the respondents’ personal characteristics (e.g., education level, type of accommodation, age, etc.). These statistical results proved the hypothesis of the research and demonstrated that waste management initiatives designed for one area of the city (or, indeed, for uniform application to the city as a whole) could ignore the needs of other areas. The survey responses suggest that targeted intervention strategies would lead to improved diversion rates of BMW from landfill, a requirement of the Landfill Directive 1999/31/EC.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Elsevier
Copyright (published version): 2010 Elsevier Ltd
Keywords: Waste managementDublin (Ireland)
DOI: 10.1016/j.wasman.2010.02.021
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Civil Engineering Research Collection

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