A Decision Support Model for the Management of Recycling Schemes
Efficient planning and management of household waste recycling schemes demands an insight into how consumers will respond to the scheme and how they will react to any management interventions that are designed to promote or sustain its performance. This paper develops the framework of a computer based decision support model which can help enable these insights to be made. The model addresses the balance of attitudes, barriers and normative influences within a community, adopting a stochastic approach to model the variability between individuals. Model output provides simultaneous information on participation levels and weight recoveries including their likely spatial and temporal variations. Applications of the model to scheme planning, performance analysis and proactive management through intervention are illustrated by case studies drawn from a kerbside newspaper recycling scheme.
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