Factors affecting the rate of generation of household glass waste

Jones, A.; Nesaratnam, S. and Porteous, A. (1999). Factors affecting the rate of generation of household glass waste. Environmental and Waste Management, 2(2) pp. 107–112.

Abstract

The results of an analysis of glass waste generation rates from a sample of households distributed throughout the UK is presented. The effects of household size, age profile, and social class were evaluated in the study. The greatest explanatory value (r2 = 0.17) was obtained when households were classified into three categories: households with one person resident, non-manual worker households with more than one person resident, and manual worker households with more than one person resident. At a mean of 28.9 kg per household per annum, annualised glass waste generation rates were lowest among one-person households and highest (86.7 kg per household per annum) among non-manual worker households with more than one person resident. Coefficients arising from the analysis were used to predict household glass waste generation rates in 39 electoral wards in Birmingham. A model developed earlier by The Open University to predict the spatial distribution of glass recycled by households was also used to predict the quantity of glass taken to bottle bank sites by households in each of the 39 yards. Used in conjunction, the two models yielded estimates of the quantity of glass collected as waste in each of the 39 wards.

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