Behaviour, practices, attitudes and motives surrounding domestic waste recycling. Social, environmental and economic considerations.

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Porter, Sara
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BA (Hons) in Social Science
Dublin Business School
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This research project investigates the behaviour, practices, attitudes and motives surrounding domestic waste recycling in the South Dublin County Council catchment area of South West Dublin. The investigation takes into consideration social, environmental and economic factors. The research was carried out using qualitative research methods and thematic analysis. Seven semi-structured interviews took place with eight participants in total. The main results of the investigation were; the influence of recycling habits on the next generation, a general waning in interest in separating food and garden waste and a general dissatisfaction with the waste collection service provided by South Dublin County Council. The main conclusions drawn from the research were that attitudes and practices could benefit more from a positive campaign by Government and waste collection service providers in provision of information to householders together with an improvement in the current waste collection service. Author keywords: Domestic waste recycling