Women's Perceptions and Attitudes about Recycling: A Case Study in South Africa

By Derica A Kotzé.

Published by The International Journal of Environmental Sustainability

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Published Online: June 18, 2015 $US5.00

This research project involves a comparative study about the perceptions and attitudes of women and their domestic workers in Midstream Security Estate in South Africa about the value and practice of domestic recycling, as well as the opportunities and challenges they face in the process of recycling. The study will inform recycling practices, processes and guidelines on local grassroots level. A qualitative field research paradigm through the use of the case study method was followed. Respondents were chosen by applying the snowball sampling technique. The main data gathering techniques applied were structured interviews and questionnaires. The results of this study contribute towards the understanding of the perceptions and attitudes about recycling of women from different social, economic and cultural groups as well as their decision to recycle. The main finding is that notwithstanding the differences in education and income level, both the female residents and domestic workers are ignorant and do not have the necessary knowledge to implement effective recycling practices. A major awareness raising and education campaign is essential to get them to participate actively in domestic recycling initiatives. Such initiatives must be grounded on active community-based involvement.


Keywords: Domestic Waste, Recycling, Domestic Workers, Female Residents, Waste Management, Sustainable Environmental Management Community-based Participation

The International Journal of Environmental Sustainability, Volume 11, Issue 2, June 2015, pp.41-50. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: June 18, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.000MB)).

Dr Derica A Kotzé

Senior Lecturer, Department of Development Studies, University of South Africa, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa