'It's the comfy middle-class types who are the big recyclers' (Hartley, 2003)

Hase, Robyn (2007) 'It's the comfy middle-class types who are the big recyclers' (Hartley, 2003). BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    'It's the comfy middle-class types who are the big recyclers' are the discussion of many academics, believing that increased socio-economic status increases recycling participation rates. Many academics believe socio-economic status has no effect on participation rates, but have concluded time and effort are major concerns for many householders. This study will consider the effects of socio-economic status on recycling participation rates in four different socio-economic status areas by using ACORN to see how socio-economic status varies from area to area. The study compares the results of the socio-economic status with participation rates. Data has been collected to discover what materials each area recycles, participation rates and for the area of Southsea, how the amount of waste recycled varies. The study from the data collected concluded that some socio-economic factors have effects on recycling participation rates, e.g. interest in current affairs and level of education; however the study has found that many socio-economic factors do not affect participation rates. The study through the use of other academic work has been able to conclude time and effort plays a major role in effecting participation rates. The more time and effort involved in a waste management scheme, the less participants will be involved.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/355

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