Voluntary and community sector organisations are increasingly being viewed as key agents of change in the shifts towards the concepts of resource efficiency and circular economy, at the community level. Using a meta-analysis and questionnaire surveys across three towns in the East Midlands of England, namely Northampton, Milton Keynes and Luton, this study aimed to understand public engagement with these organisations. The findings suggest that these organisations play a significant and wide-spread role, not only with regard to sustainable environmental management, but also a social role in community development and regeneration. The surveys indicated that there were generally high levels of awareness of the organisations and strong engagement with them. Clothes were the items most donated. Key reasons for engagement included the financial value offered and the perception that it helped the environment. However, potential limitations in future public engagement were also determined and recommendations for addressing these suggested.
- Third sector organisations
- resource efficiency
- sustainable waste management
Dururu, J., Anderson, C., Bates, M. P., Montasser, W., & Tudor, T. L. (2015). Enhancing engagement with community sector organisations working in sustainable waste management: a case study. Waste Management & Research, 33(3), 284-290. . https://doi.org/10.1177/0734242X14567504