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The importance of specific recycling information in designing a waste management scheme.

Oke, Adekunle; Kruijsen, Joanneke


Adekunle Oke

Joanneke Kruijsen


Recycling information can be complex and often confusing which may subsequently reduce the participations in any waste recycling schemes. As a result, this research explored the roles as well as the importance of a holistic approach in designing recycling information using 15 expert-based (in-depth) interviews. The rationale was to offer a better understanding of what constitutes waste, recycling, and how recycling information should be designed and presented to make recycling more attractive/convenient. Based on the research participants' perceptions with supports from the existing studies, this research sub-categorised recycling information into three different themes, termed the 'WWW' (what, when, and where) of recycling information components. As a result, these components (or attributes) were extensively described (using findings of semi-structured interviews) to elicit pragmatic guidance for practitioners, policy-makers, and other stakeholders in designing structured communication or information strategies that may simplify and subsequently increase waste recycling practices. The policy implications of holistic information in enhancing recycling are further discussed.


OKE, A. and KRUIJSEN, J. 2016. The importance of specific recycling information in designing a waste management scheme. Recycling [online], 1(2), pages 271-285. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 2, 2016
Online Publication Date Sep 7, 2016
Publication Date Sep 7, 2016
Deposit Date Oct 7, 2016
Publicly Available Date Oct 7, 2016
Journal Recycling
Electronic ISSN 2313-4321
Publisher MDPI
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 1
Issue 2
Pages 271-285
Keywords Attitudes; Behaviour; Communication; Information; Prompts; Policy; Recycling; Waste
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