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Not (B)interested? Using Persuasive Technology to Promote Sustainable Household Recycling Behavior

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Publication date20/04/2020
Host publicationPersuasive Technology. Designing for Future Change: 15th International Conference on Persuasive Technology, PERSUASIVE 2020, Aalborg, Denmark, April 20–23, 2020, Proceedings
EditorsSandra Burri Gram-Hansen, Tanja Svarre Jonasen, Cees Midden
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9783030457129
ISBN (Print)9783030457112
<mark>Original language</mark>English

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NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743


In many recycling systems around the world, waste is separated at the source. Their success therefore depends on an active participation of households. However, especially young people have been found to not consistently follow their local recycling schemes. A promising approach to tackle such suboptimal household recycling behavior (HRB) is the use of persuasive technology. While existing studies have highlighted its potential, they also commonly relied on waste container augmentation. To better understand the requirements of augmentation-independent HRB-related persuasive technology, a two-phase study was carried out with young adults in Sweden. First, an online survey (N = 50) was used to establish the target users' recycling-related problems, attitudes and interests. Then, based on the survey results, a mobile phone application was designed and evaluated in an iterative manner. This led to the following design recommendations: (1) easy access to information about optimal household recycling behavior, (2) employment of several motivational strategies, (3) recognition of recycling scheme differences, (4) regard of users as equals and (5) use of a readily accessible technology channel. The technological format of persuasive technology interventions was found to spark the users' curiosity. Within a well-functioning recycling system and along with engaging content, it could encourage repeated use and elicit reflection to help break unsustainable household recycling habits.

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The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-45712-9_15