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Title: Household bulky waste collection and re-use in England
Author: Curran, Anthony
ISNI:       0000 0001 3400 5692
Awarding Body: University of Southampton
Current Institution: University of Southampton
Date of Award: 2007
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This research has made a thorough assessment of current management practices for household bulky waste in England. Local authority collections services for bulky waste were evaluated, and the potential for re-use and recycling assessed. The current and potential role of re-use organisations was then evaluated, and operational changes that would be required to maximise the recovery of household bulky waste in England were identified. It was found that re-use of local authority-collected bulky items is currently far below capacity, at only 2-3%, whilst re-use organisations reuse approximately 85% of the items they receive. Local authorities tend not to have the infrastructure to enable re-use. Charitable re-use organisations, on the other hand, were established for this very purpose, and establishing good working partnerships between local authorities and re-use organisations will be key to improving recovery in this waste stream. Promoting a better understanding of the social as well as environmental benefits of furniture and appliance re-use would help to bring about the change in attitudes, and then behaviour, of local authority waste managers to enable this to be achieved.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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