Date of Award

1-1-2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Geography

First Advisor

Matthew Taylor

Keywords

Composting, Environmental Behavior, New Ecological Paradigm, Recycling, Self Reported Habit Index, Waste Management

Abstract

Non-recycling and non-composting of municipal solid waste have important natural resource management implications, in that they both reduce energy, water, and raw natural resource use. Responsible waste management also likely has positive climate impacts by virtue of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Recycling and composting are pro-environmental behaviors that have been shown to be influenced by numerous socio-demographic and psychological factors. This study analyzes the correlation of a number of variables with frequency of recycling and composting in select census tracts in Denver, CO, USA, with the goals of informing waste management policy and contributing to the overall pro-environmental behavior literature. The results show that habit strength as quantified by the Self-Reported Habit Index has the strongest correlation with both recycling and composting behavior. Overall, waste management policy should focus on influencing habit formation, using literature to dissuade residents from placing plastic bags into recycling bins, and consider charging a minimal fee for recycling.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Dan Kasper

File size

181 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Behavioral sciences, Natural resource management, Geography

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