The Department for Environment and Rural Affairs has commissioned a six-month evidence review to compile all available research on household waste prevention and how to encourage householder behavioural change to aid future policy.
It will review the research through its Waste and Resources Evidence Programme (WREP) to focus on waste prevention. The study will be led by consultant firm Brook Lyndhurst and not-for-profit network Resource Recovery Forum.
Resource Recovery Forum director Kit Strange said: The main idea is to have a clear understanding of the drivers for waste prevention at household level.
Waste prevention is the most important stage in the waste hierarchy and waste prevention does not require shifting material around or disposal it can save money and reduce environmental impact.
Waste prevention is an indicator of success for a more sustainable future.
More than 2,000 people have been surveyed as part of the review, including stakeholders involved in waste prevention policy and non-governmental organisations.
The findings will be submitted to Defra in the early summer.
Strange said when times are hard more people will be looking at saving resources and waste prevention was more important than ever during hard times.