Targeted intervention strategies to optimise diversion of BMW in the Dublin, Ireland region

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Title: Targeted intervention strategies to optimise diversion of BMW in the Dublin, Ireland region
Authors: Purcell, M.
Magette, W. L.
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Date: Sep-2011
Online since: 2013-02-26T14:41:44Z
Abstract: Urgent transformation is required in Ireland to divert biodegradable municipal waste (BMW) from landfill and prevent increases in overall waste generation. When BMW is optimally managed, it becomes a resource with value instead of an unwanted by-product requiring disposal. An analysis of survey responses from commercial and residential sectors for the Dublin region in previous research by the authors proved that attitudes towards and behaviour regarding municipal solid waste is spatially variable. This finding indicates that targeted intervention strategies designed for specific geographic areas should lead to improved diversion rates of BMW from landfill, a requirement of the Landfill Directive 1999/31/EC. In the research described in this paper, survey responses and GIS model predictions from previous research were the basis for goal setting, after which logic modelling and behavioural research were employed to develop site-specific waste management intervention strategies. The main strategies devised include (a) roll out of the Brown Bin (Organics) Collection and Community Workshops in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown, (b) initiation of a Community Composting Project in Dublin City (c) implementation of a Waste Promotion and Motivation Scheme in South Dublin (d) development and distribution of a Waste Booklet to promote waste reduction activities in Fingal (e) region wide distribution of a Waste Booklet to the commercial sector and (f) Greening Irish Pubs Initiative. Each of these strategies was devised after interviews with both the residential and commercial sectors to help make optimal waste management the norm for both sectors. Strategy (b), (e) and (f) are detailed in this paper. By integrating a human element into accepted waste management approaches, these strategies will make optimal waste behaviour easier to achieve. Ultimately this will help divert waste from landfill and improve waste management practice as a whole for the region. This method of devising targeted intervention strategies can be adapted for many other regions.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Elsevier
Journal: Waste Management
Volume: 31
Issue: 9-10
Start page: 2180
End page: 2189
Copyright (published version): 2011 Elsevier Ltd
Keywords: Waste attitudinal surveysDublinIrelandBiodegradable municipal wasteTargeted intervention strategies
DOI: 10.1016/j.wasman.2011.05.008
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Civil Engineering Research Collection

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