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Out of sight, Out of Mind: Issues and obstacles to recycling in Ontario's multi-residential sector

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Summary of paper describing challenges of multi residential recycling

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Out of sight, Out of Mind: Issues and obstacles to recycling in Ontario's multi-residential sector

  1. 1.   Out of sight, out of mind: Issues and obstacles to recycling in  Ontario’s multi residential buildings http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0921344916300052 By: Dr. Calvin Lakhan http://wastewiki.info.yorku.ca/ lakhanc@yorku.ca
  2. 2. Overview • Study examined obstacles, barriers and opportunities to household recycling in multi-residential buildings • How does increasing levels of recycling convenience and recycling awareness affect household recycling behavior and building recycling rates? • Does floor level recycling chutes increase participation? • What forms of recycling promotion and education are most effective in multi res buildings?
  3. 3. Methods • Three phase study conducted over 9 month period (combination of waste audits and semi structured interviews with household residents) • Phase 1 was designed to assess perceived barriers to recycling in multi residential buildings • Phase 2 involved retrofitting each building with floor level recycling chutes (accompanied by a recycling promotion and education campaign) • Phase 3 examined how a putting a Blue Bin in building lobby entrances affected household recycling awareness and participation
  4. 4. Results • Installation of recycling chutes alone did not increase household recycling awareness or participation • Placing a Blue Bin in the lobby entrance had the greatest impact on household awareness • Complimentary effect between installation of recycling chutes and alternative engagement strategies
  5. 5. Conclusions • Increasing convenience is not enough to encourage recycling in multi res buildings • Increasing diversion in multi residential buildings represents a significant opportunity for the province to increase diversion • Alternative methods of household engagement need to be considered – not as simple as building infrastructure.
  6. 6. Conclusions • Increasing convenience is not enough to encourage recycling in multi res buildings • Increasing diversion in multi residential buildings represents a significant opportunity for the province to increase diversion • Alternative methods of household engagement need to be considered – not as simple as building infrastructure.

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