Waste and recycling research with residents and students

Overcoming the challenges faced by waste management teams 

Areas with a wide variety of housing types and a large number of Houses of Multiple Occupation offer unique waste and recycling problems for local authorities. Faced with a large number of students living in a popular residential area, one of our clients needed to establish how best to overcome this challenge through research.

Targeted research in Leeds

Qa designed a qualitative research project to consult with local student residents, general residents and local stakeholders.

Residents were recruited to a specified matrix on-street and at Leeds University at different times of the day to ensure as many residents had the opportunity to take part.

Focus groups held at Leeds University and local venues saw respondents encouraged to consider ways in which students and other residents could be encouraged to make better use of existing waste and recycling facilities and to propose any improvements to the current system.

Guiding policy developments

Becki Jarvis of Qa advised the local steering group during and after the research. Her final report will help inform the development of local action plans in the target area.

For more details e-mail becki.jarvis@qaresearch.co.uk or call 01904 632039