Consumer Data Research Centre

Investigating factors behind low or zero household recycling rates in Leeds

There are large differences in the rates of household bin use across Leeds, with a high level of contamination observed in some areas. Assumed contributing factors include differences in housing infrastructure, transient populations including students in some areas and deprived populations.

The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of past interventions used to improve the recycling rates in the Harehills, Headingley/Hyde Park and Middleton/Belle Isle areas of Leeds. The expected outputs of this study included identification of opportunities for future interventions and a contribution to research theories and evidence on recycling behaviour.

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Bethan Swift, Phani Kumar Chintakayala and William Young