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Public regards recycling 'a duty', finds Defra behavioural survey - COMMENT UPDATE

A Government survey of environmental behaviour has found that while 81% of people consider it their duty to recycle, reducing food and packaging waste comes much lower down in their priorities. The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) 2007 Survey of Public Attitudes and Behaviours towards the environment covers waste recycling, eco-friendly purchasing, transport and energy and water efficiency. On recycling more than half of respondents (52%) favoured a penalty and reward system that rewarded them if they recycled everything they could and penalised them if they didnt. Only 24% did not want such a system. Three quarters of people believe that if most people in the UK recycled more, as part of wider green behaviour including cutting down their car use or flying less, it would have a major or medium impact on the UK's contribution to climate change. However, while 60% believe people are willing to recycle more, the survey found that less than a fifth think people in the UK are willing to use a car less, or fly less. Behaviours for which the smallest proportion thought there would be a major impact were "wasting less food" (32%) and "buying food produced locally (30%). When asked what may be stopping them recycling more, 41% said they "already recycle everything that they can". Of the remaining respondents, 32% said that "there was no doorstep collection", 23% that "there was a lack of facilities" and 17% that they "had nowhere to store the material". When the results on people's beliefs about the impact of different behaviours on climate change are compared with beliefs about the number of people willing to do them, "recycling more" appears as the top answer in both questions. However, although people also believe that if most people "used a car less" or "flew less", there would be a major impact on climate change, few thought many people would be willing to do them. Comment: Good, but please make sure that the householders know what is needed of them and that those collecting kerbside can ensure that quality is setand maintained. Posted by David Cooper, 21/08/07

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