Litter-ology: Understanding Littering and the Secrets to Clean Public Places

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Imagine if all our public places were clean and free of litter. In Litter-ology, environmental psychologists Karen Spehr & Rob Curnow share insights gained from over 20 years working on changing people’s disposal behaviour. Based on up to date research evidence, Litter-ology is a highly readable guide for all those who are trying to get results in keeping their public places clean & litter free. More
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Karen Spehr was co-director of Community Change and a psychologist who worked for 28 years on changing people’s behaviour in relation to the environment. In partnership with environment protection agencies, local and state government and NGOs in Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Karen worked to reduce littering in public places and help change household water and energy saving habits. Her work on littering behaviour, received an Australasian Environmental Excellency Award and she was the founding director of the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement.

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Reviews of Litter-ology: Understanding Littering and the Secrets to Clean Public Places by KKCCTC & Robert Curnow

Zilch UK reviewed on Aug. 28, 2015

Inevitably, given the wide-ranging and multifaceted nature of the litter problem and the book's focus on public spaces, there are aspects of the topic that haven't been covered but Litter-ology has brought some new and valuable thinking to the table. We should for example, be think of "disposal behavior" rather than talking of littering, consider the "ikyness factor" when trying to encourage the use of bins and be mindful of the role of the "social contract" in influencing behaviour.

These insights, combined with a chapter by chapter checklist that will ensure the success of your campaign, make the publication a worthwile addition to any litter activist or waste manager's library.

And for those who want to delve deeper, there's a long list of references and a number of web-addresses scattered through the book.

We only wish that, as we do, the authors made the distinction between rubbish (or trash in the USA), and litter. As we say, litter isn't litter until it hasn't made it to a bin - until then it's rubbish!

A minor shortcoming in an excellent publication from which we can all learn.

Zilch UK
28th August 2015
(reviewed 31 days after purchase)

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