A classification of local authority waste collection and recycling strategies in England and Wales

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A new system of classification for local authorities in England and Wales is described based on key variables that relate to waste collection and provision of recycling infra-structure. This system, based on a hierarchical cluster analysis, has benefits over the simple geographical or socio-economic classifications that are currently employed for comparing districts on their waste management and recycling performance. Applications of the cluster analysis demonstrate its potential to contrast the performance of local authorities that provide their householders with different methods of waste containment for regular household waste collections (e.g. wheeled bins verses plastic sacks) and pursue different recycling strategies with different levels of infra-structure provision.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-257
Number of pages19
JournalResources, Conservation and Recycling
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2001

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