EREF Announces Launch of Study to Understand Current Recycling and Discard Behaviors of U.S. Consumers

The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) is launching a nationwide research study to better understand the current recycling and discard behavior among U.S. consumers.

The random study will be asking people across different regions of the country about their current recycling habits. For example, consumers will be asked how often they recycle and where they place specific household items, such as toothpaste tubes, “clam shell” plastic containers and batteries.

The study also hopes to provide greater insight into how recycling labels affect consumer behavior. Survey respondents will be shown several types of labels and be asked to identify their usage.

In addition, respondents will be asked several questions about their recycling habits surrounding batteries, including the two most common varieties – alkaline (such as AAA and AA) and lithium ion (such as those found in mobile phones).

“This is an important study to give us a baseline of understanding as to whether or not consumers understand common labels on products and packaging,” says Suzie Boxman, Ph.D., Data & Policy Program Manager and lead researcher on the project. “We also want to have a better picture of battery recycling behavior, which is a critically important area of research since we know fires from batteries at recycling sites and other facilities are a major concern.”

EREF is a 501(c)3 class charity that funds and directs scientific research and educational initiatives for waste management practices to benefit industry participants and the communities they serve. For more complete information on EREF funded research, its scholarship program and how to donate to this great cause, visit

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