Exploring the potential of product service systems to achieve household waste prevention on new housing developments in the UK

Gottberg, Annika; Longhurst, Phillip J. and Cook, Matthew B. (2010). Exploring the potential of product service systems to achieve household waste prevention on new housing developments in the UK. Waste Management and Research, 28(3) pp. 228–235.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0734242X09103837

Abstract

Product service systems (PSS) are cleaner product concepts which have been developed to achieve improvements in resource productivity which may be realized from modern trends in service delivery. However, there is a paucity of research on the waste prevention performance of PSS in UK household markets. This paper reports the findings of exploratory research which begins to address this gap in knowledge. An exploratory waste prevention assessment was completed on four experimental PSS which were developed in conjunction with a major UK house-builder for delivery on their new housing developments. The results of the assessment show that the selected PSS concepts have potential to prevent high value and harmful Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) arising in UK household waste streams. Consistent with the canon of exploratory research, the assessment also identifies a number of factors which are thought to influence PSS waste prevention performance. It is recognized that further research is needed to gain an in-depth understanding of these factors as well as to define policy measures which enable the conditions in which PSS prevent household waste on new housing developments in the UK to be created.

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