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Report – Making recycling work for people in flats

The Making recycling work for people in flats research project included an in-depth ethnographic study with residents in blocks of flats and estates to better understand their attitudes and behaviours toward recycling in their homes. 

A series of changes (some physical, some behavioural) was trialled across 12 diverse estates to see how they might influence behaviour. Comprehensive measurement of the amount and composition of waste and recycling collected from each estate was conducted in order to evaluate the effectiveness of each approach.

This report describes the approach taken, the findings obtained and makes key recommendations.

About the Making recycling work for people in flats project

This two-year research project was delivered by ReLondon in partnership with housing association Peabody and six inner London boroughs. 

The aim was to better understand the barriers to recycling for people who live in purpose-built flats and identify practical measures that could be taken by housing providers, building managers and service providers to remove those barriers. The desired outcome was to improve the quantity and quality of recycling collected from purpose-built flats across the capital.

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