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Recycling, food waste segregation and prevention in high-density households in a deprived urban area

Recycling, food waste segregation and prevention in high-density households in a deprived urban area
Recycling, food waste segregation and prevention in high-density households in a deprived urban area
A waste audit and a household questionnaire survey were conducted in high-density housing estates in one of the most economically and socially deprived areas of England (Haringey, London). The study examined recycling behaviours, potential participation in a food waste segregation scheme, and food waste prevention activities in five estates (1,034 households). The results showed that: contamination of recyclables’ containers was low; ca. 28% of the general waste’s weight was recyclable; a smaller than average proportion of food waste was present; and the recycling profile reflected an intermittent pattern rather than a frequent one. Although the majority of respondents reported that they would participate in a food waste separation scheme, the response rate was low and many responses of “don’t know” were recorded. Populations in deprived areas that reside in high-rise, high-density dwellings are “hard-to-reach” in terms of participation in recycling schemes and exceptional efforts and additional resources are usually required to improve performance
9788862650311
Paper 050
CISA Publisher
Rispo, Andrea
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Williams, I. D.
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Shaw, P.J.
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Rispo, Andrea
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Rispo, Andrea, Williams, I. D. and Shaw, P.J. (2014) Recycling, food waste segregation and prevention in high-density households in a deprived urban area. In Proceedings of SUM 2014 – Second Symposium on Urban Mining. CISA Publisher. Paper 050 . (In Press)

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A waste audit and a household questionnaire survey were conducted in high-density housing estates in one of the most economically and socially deprived areas of England (Haringey, London). The study examined recycling behaviours, potential participation in a food waste segregation scheme, and food waste prevention activities in five estates (1,034 households). The results showed that: contamination of recyclables’ containers was low; ca. 28% of the general waste’s weight was recyclable; a smaller than average proportion of food waste was present; and the recycling profile reflected an intermittent pattern rather than a frequent one. Although the majority of respondents reported that they would participate in a food waste separation scheme, the response rate was low and many responses of “don’t know” were recorded. Populations in deprived areas that reside in high-rise, high-density dwellings are “hard-to-reach” in terms of participation in recycling schemes and exceptional efforts and additional resources are usually required to improve performance

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Accepted/In Press date: May 2014
Venue - Dates: SUM 2014 – Second Symposium on Urban Mining, Italy, 2014-05-19 - 2014-05-21
Organisations: Centre for Environmental Science

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Local EPrints ID: 365220
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/365220
ISBN: 9788862650311
PURE UUID: 33aacd8c-2c45-41f1-8c7e-03642b39eda3
ORCID for I. D. Williams: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0121-1219

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Date deposited: 29 May 2014 13:01
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 12:42

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Author: Andrea Rispo
Author: I. D. Williams ORCID iD
Author: P.J. Shaw

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