Shabanova M.A. Separate Waste Collection as Russians’ Voluntary Practice: The Dynamics, Factors and Potential // Sociological studies [Sotsiologicheskie Issledovaniya]. 2021.№9. рр.217-230.
The paper presents the data of three all-Russia representative surveys (2014,
2017 and 2020) on the dynamics of the levels, factors and conditions of citizens’ engagement
in the practice of separate household waste collection (SWC). It has been ascertained that
today a major (and increasingly growing) share of Russians do not reject their engagement in
SWC but put forward a counter-demand for an available and convenient infrastructure and
information in this sphere. The progress in the development of an enabling environment in
2019–2020 had an impact on the sharp increase in the number of actual SWC participants,
a growing number of potential participants and a drastic decline of those who are indifferent,
which somehow mitigated adverse impact of the waste problem owing to the pandemic.
The study provides evidence that despite the persistence of key motivations and factors
of engagement in SWC, significant changes occurred in their structure in 2020 resulting
from the waste reform, change in the quality structure of participants and the pandemic
challenge. Based on the new wave of the survey, the paper makes a conclusion about the
potential and measures for further enhancement of Russians’ participation in SWC.