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"Det ska vara lätt att göra rätt": En kvalitativ studie över sortering av matavfall i flerfamiljshus
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of the study was to examine what are the factors that affect the residents’ behavior towards food waste separation in multi-family dwellings. It also aimed at identifying various success factors for food waste recycling from a number of Swedish municipalities, in which food waste recycling takes place in a greater extent compared to Umeå. Two qualitative methods were used: eight Swedish municipalities were interviewed by telephone and six focus group discussions were conducted with totally 27 residents, living in rental and co-operative housings in Umeå. The results from the interviews show the importance of tidy waste disposal rooms; a continuous information work especially showing the benefits of food waste recycling; giving feedback and taking efforts to make the separation at source easy; and using waste tariffs as an incentive to make food waste separation profitable for the residents. The results from focus group discussions revealed the importance of proximity of waste disposal rooms; a request for facilitative storage solutions in the kitchen cabinets; and a need of receiving essential and frequent information concerning the benefits of recycling in order to motivate the residents towards food waste recycling. Participants living in co-operative housings emphasized the importance of raising awareness of the financial benefits which the co-operative could gain from additional separation of waste, while the residents in rental housings stressed the necessity of further financial benefits for the individuals in order to motivate recycling. Solely environmental issues as motivation factors were regarded as less important reasons for recycling.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 25 p.
Keyword [en]
food waste, recycling, multi-family dwellings, Umeå
National Category
Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-85416OAI: diva2:693376
Educational program
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health
Available from: 2014-02-04 Created: 2014-02-04 Last updated: 2014-02-04Bibliographically approved

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