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Factors influencing household hazardous waste disposal.


Household hazardous waste (HHW) is residual material generated by the use of consumer products which are toxic, inflammable, or corrosive. The purpose of this research is to determine what cognitive and demographic factors predict correct HHW disposal behaviour and discover survey participants' preferences for various disposal options. This research tests a theoretical structure comprised of six cognitive factors designed to predict correct HHW disposal using a sample of 203 residents from Ottawa- Carleton. Prediction of correct hazardous product disposal required a different logistic regression model for each of the seven HHW products evaluated. Multivariate analyses identified four key factors for predicting correct HHW disposal behaviour: perceived knowledge, willingness to travel, living in a single family dwelling with access to a vehicle, and perceived difficulty. The results also indicated participants' desire for convenient means of HHW disposal. Increased participation in correct HHW disposal is unlikely without alteration in the collection infrastructure.