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Engenharia Sanitaria e Ambiental

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BRINGHENTI, Jacqueline R.  and  GUNTHER, Wanda M. Risso. Social participation in selective collection program of municipal solid waste. Eng. Sanit. Ambient. [online]. 2011, vol.16, n.4, pp. 421-430. ISSN 1413-4152.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-41522011000400014.

Selective collection programs effectiveness mandates citizens' involvement.  Interviews conducted among different population groups in the municipality of Vitória (ES) - Brazil - by use of qualitative methodology and the Discourse of the Collective Subject strategy point out that population voluntary participation in selective collection programs is low, but can increase in the long run. Adequation of the current operational structure and ongoing awareness, mobilization, and information campaigns are facilitating factors in supporting selective collection programs. Lack of results disclosure, population indifference and lack of action, discredit for governmental actions, and shortage of residential storage areas to accommodate recyclables are obstacles for taking part in selective collection.

Keywords : solid waste; source separation; social participation; solid waste management; qualitative research.

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