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Waste Disposal: Public Opinion

Volume 508: debated on Wednesday 24 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research has been commissioned by (a) his Department, (b) the Environment Agency and (c) the Waste and Resources Action Programme on public attitudes to (i) waste collection and (ii) waste disposal in the last three years; and what the (A) title and (B) completion date of each such research project was. (323180)

DEFRA commissioned the following projects on public attitudes to waste collection and waste disposal in the last three years:

Building Greater Understanding of the Techniques and Processes Required to Promote Sustainable Waste Management through Behaviour Change Programme—completed June 2008.

The Organic Waste Use Collection—completed October 2007.

Enhancing Participation in Kitchen Waste Collection—completed March 2010.

Attitudes to the Use of Organic Resources on Land—completed February 2009.

Tracker Survey of Public Attitudes and Behaviour Towards the Environment—completed September 2009.

Testing Innovative Approaches for Achieving Sustainable Behaviours - Maiden Lane Gardens Food-Loop project—ongoing.

The Environment Agency has not carried out any research in this area.

The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) undertook the following projects:

Consumer Attitudes to Waste and Recycling Services. The conclusions from this research were used to inform the development of the Waste Collection Commitment—completed in September 2009.

Barriers to Recycling at Home—completed in August 2008.