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Sheffield family signs up for Big Brother-style monitoring

A Sheffield family have volunteered to have their waste audited at a special Big Brother-style house as part of a research project.

Nick and Sue Parnell will live in the David Wilson Homes Project: Life House in Sheffield with their two teenage daughters for six months.

Between this month and November, they will have their waste usage monitored and documented to help understand how families could manage their waste more efficiently.

Onyx will provide a weekly collect from the house and their waste will be taken to one of its Household Waste Recycling Centres, where it will be weighed according to category and documented for future analysis. The figures will then be passed on to Nottingham University for it to use in its research.

The specially designed house is part of a research project to understand how families use their home and how house design can affect the dynamics of family life. The family will be tagged for part of the time to monitor their movements from room to room.

Onyx recycling manager Lea Hawkes said: "Understanding how families manage their waste is important if local authorities are to meet increasing Government targets to recycle more of their waste. This project provides Onyx with an excellent opportunity to find out more about the kind of service we need to deliver if we are to continue to improve our policy of waste minimisation."

The family will be provided with one black bin for residual waste, a blue bin for paper and card, a green bin for green waste and a three drawer recycling bin for plastic, cans, textiles, shoes and glass.

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