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|Title: ||Household waste management in the UK: current practices and challenges|
|Authors: ||Cole, Christine|
Quddus, Mohammed A.
Wheatley, Andrew D.
|Keywords: ||Household waste|
Integrated waste management
|Issue Date: ||2011|
|Publisher: ||WASTES: Solutions, Treatments and Opportunities|
|Citation: ||COLE, C. et al., 2011. Household waste management in the UK: current practices and challenges. IN: Castro, F., Vilarinho, C., and Carvalho, J. (eds.) Proceedings of the First International Conference on Wastes: Solutions, Treatments and Opportunities, Guimarães, Portugal, pp. 56 - 61.|
|Abstract: ||The UK’s reliance on landfill sites for waste disposal has been addressed in recent years
with the Landfill Directive and Landfill Tax. This has encouraged Local Authorities to seek
alternative methods of treating household waste, introducing and expanding kerbside
collections of recyclates and organic waste.
This paper assesses current household waste management practices and challenges in
the UK. Drivers and instruments for change and various approaches to kerbside waste
collections are discussed. The current household waste management challenges in the
UK are identified, including the division of responsibility for household waste
management between various Local Authorities and Government Departments and the
methods available to tackle these issues.
The research revealed adopting an integrated management system for household waste
to comply with legislation and behavioural attitudes towards recycling and waste
reduction activities are obstacles facing Local Authorities. Conversely, segregation of
household waste by material is increasing, with separate kerbside collections for
recyclates, organic waste and bulky waste collections, some of which is selected for
reuse. The challenge now is to improve the yield of recyclates, reach people that do not
segregate their waste for recycling and increase the quantity of material from participating
householders with imaginative ways for reuse and recycling.|
|Description: ||This is a conference paper.|
|Version: ||Accepted for publication|
|Appears in Collections:||Conference Papers and Presentations (Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering)|
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