1st Edition

Waste Prevention Policy and Behaviour New Approaches to Reducing Waste Generation and its Environmental Impacts

By Ana Paula Bortoleto Copyright 2015
    202 Pages
    by Routledge

    218 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    As prosperity levels rise, so too does the number of products and services being consumed. For policy makers in waste management facing a growing challenge, it is vital to understand the complex relationship between waste prevention policies and individual behaviour regarding waste generation. This book examines that interplay, taking a close look at the role of motivation, difficulties, values and constraints.

    The first part of the book explores the theoretical framework, policy, barriers and facilitators for waste prevention behaviour. The second part presents in-depth case studies from three cities (Sao Paulo, Sheffield and Tokyo) examining the contextual factors, behavioural variations among them and the role of motivation and constraints in their populations. The book provides a detailed picture of how waste prevention policies enter the private, domestic sphere, offering insights for generating behavioural change at the household level and thus moving larger communities towards sustainable waste management.

    The book will be of interest to students and researchers in the areas of environmental policy, management, sociology, psychology, geography, technology and waste studies.

    1. Introduction  Part 1. Waste Prevention Policies: An Overview  2. The History of Waste  3. The Roots of Waste Prevention Policies  Part 2. Waste Prevention Behaviour: Conceptual Issues  4. Waste Prevention Behaviour and Social Psychology  5. Driving Forces and Barriers for Waste Prevention Behaviour  Part 3: Waste Prevention Behaviour: Case Studies  6. A Framework-Model for Waste Prevention Behaviour  7. Applying the Conceptual Model: Waste prevention behaviour in Sao Paulo, Sheffield and Tokyo  8. Goal-directed Conservation Behaviour and Waste Prevention Behaviour  Part 4: Conclusion  9. The Effect of Improved Waste Management: Material rebound and its causes  10. Waste Prevention Behaviour and Fast and Frugal Heuristics  11. Concluding Thoughts


    Ana Paula Bortoleto is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Civil Engineering at the State University of Campinas, Brazil.