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Recycling can be characterized as an intended environmentally significant behavior – if done with the intention to influence the environment. But, even when conducted for other reasons, such as monetary reward, recycling is still environmentally significant because it influences the distribution and use of environmental goods. Recycling is carried out mostly in the private sphere, similar to behaviors such as buying and boycotting certain products or improving the energy efficiency of one's home. This private nature differentiates it from public environmental behaviors such as activism and protest, and less costly political behaviors such as signing a petition, contacting a politician, and donating money to environmental organizations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Wiley Blackwell encyclopedia of consumption and consumer studies
EditorsDaniel Thomas Cook, J. Michael Ryan
Place of PublicationChichester, UK
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
Number of pages2
ISBN (Print)9780470672846
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameWiley Blackwell encyclopedias in social science
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons


  • consumer behavior
  • consumer resistance movements
  • ethical consumption
  • green consumption
  • waste


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