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Report: Maximizing recycling participation to reduce waste to landfill: a study of small to medium-sized enterprises in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

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Parsons, Sam and Kriwoken, LK, Report: Maximizing recycling participation to reduce waste to landfill: a study of small to medium-sized enterprises in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, Waste Management and Research, 28, (5) pp. 472-477. ISSN 0734-242X (2010) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1177/0734242X08099336

Abstract

Small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia face many barriers to recycling participation. This study first investigated the volumes and types of waste produced by SMEs. Significant barriers were then identified and key motivators to recycle examined. Using the Australia New Zealand Standard of Industrial Classification, stratified sampling of SMEs (n = 436) was undertaken. Inadequate storage space, paucity of readily available information on recycling services and the lack of staff allocated to sort and recycle were identified as major barriers. Cardboard, paper and plastic waste were produced in large volumes with only a small percentage being recycled and these were identified as target areas for local government. Recommendations include the appointment of a dedicated recycling officer to maximize recycling participation for the reduction of waste to landfill and to undertake further research on minimizing recycling costs.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Waste; Recycling; Small to medium enterprises, Tasmania
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental Science and Management
Research Field:Environmental Management
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Other Environment
Objective Field:Environment not elsewhere classified
Author:Parsons, Sam (Mr Samuel Parsons)
Author:Kriwoken, LK (Dr Lorne Kriwoken)
ID Code:58189
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2009-09-15
Last Modified:2011-03-28
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