Challenges facing the sustainable consumption and waste management agendas: Perspectives on UK households

Terry Tudor, Guy M. Robinson, Mark Riley, Steven Guilbert, Stewart W. Barr

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    Abstract

    The management of municipal waste is one of the most emotive local environmental issues in the UK at present and represents a key sustainability “battleground” as local authorities seek to reduce waste arisings and encourage the reuse and recycling of materials among households. Within the literature on household waste management, a broad range of disciplinary perspectives and practical recommendations exist and it is the aim of this paper to step back and take stock of the role of households and communities in resource consumption and waste generation patterns across the UK within recent decades. By exploring the household in this context, trends in consumption and waste generation are outlined in addition to key influencing factors such as lifestyles and well-being, demographics and environment. Finally, key lessons learnt, challenges faced going forward and approaches for developing more sustainable practices at the household, community and national levels are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationLocal Environment
    Pages51-66
    Number of pages16
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011

    Publication series

    NameLocal Environment
    Volume16

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    Keywords

    • Environmental behaviour
    • Household waste management
    • Lifestyles
    • Sustainable consumption

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    Tudor, T., Robinson, G. M., Riley, M., Guilbert, S., & Barr, S. W. (2011). Challenges facing the sustainable consumption and waste management agendas: Perspectives on UK households. In Local Environment (pp. 51-66). (Local Environment; Vol. 16). https://doi.org/10.1080/13549839.2010.548372