Failure of Household Recycling Participation in a Densely Populated City: Insights for Public Design

By Chi Hang Lo and Kin Wai Michael Siu.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Recent studies have advocated the importance and necessity of household participation in recycling. However, this recommendation has not been successfully implemented in many cities due to different social, cultural, environmental and other physical factors. This paper reiterates the importance of household participation in recycling and uses a case study in the densely populated city of Hong Kong to identify the causes of failure in household recycling participation. The paper goes on to identify a number of issues arising from the existing design of recycling facilities that should be addressed to overcome the failure of public recycling initiatives and to bring about a greater level of household participation in recycling.

Keywords: Densely Populated City, Household Participation, Public Design, Recycling

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 6, pp.23-34. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.337MB).

Chi Hang Lo

Research Associate, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Chi Hang Lo is Research Associate of the Public Design Lab, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is a PhD Candidate that his study topic is about the design of recycling facilities.

Prof. Kin Wai Michael Siu

Professor, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Kin Wai Michael Siu is Professor and Lab Leader of the Public Design Lab, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His research interests are in public design, culture and society, and user reception.

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