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Participant Information Sheet for Dundee Residents (18 years and above)

Is it Easy being Green? Recycling Behaviours, Barriers Faced, and Effectiveness of a Theoretical Framework: A Case Study of Household Recycling in Dundee, Scotland.

University of Dundee School Research Ethics Committee Application/Approval Number: UoD-SoSS-PSY-TPG-2022-149


You are invited to take part in a research project by the University of Dundee. Before you decide whether you would like to participate, it is important that you read the information provided below. This will help you to understand why and how the research is being carried out and what participation will involve. If anything is unclear or you have any questions, please contact the lead researcher on this project (contact information below). 


Who is conducting the research?

This research is conducted as part of a Masters project by Richardt Hansen ( as the research lead, supervised by Dr Kimberly More ( & Dr Rebecca Koomen, University of Dundee, in collaboration with Dr Viola Marx from the Dundee City Council. 


Who is funding the research?

This research project is not funded.


What is the purpose of the research?

This research is being carried out to achieve a greater understanding of the local recycling behaviours. Dundee has consistently seen a large level of contamination of recycling facilities (i.e., non-recyclable waste discarded in recycling bins, recyclable waste not separated accurately, etc.) along with many other cities around the world. Therefore, it is essential to gain direct information about the local recycling behaviours and the barriers faced when adopting these behaviours. The purpose of this research is thus to gain a much deeper understanding of recycling and the barriers preventing people to engage with recycling. 


Why have I been invited to take part?

You have been invited to take part because you are registered as a resident in Dundee and are above the age of 18 years. 


Do I have to take part?

No. Participation in this research is completely voluntary and choosing not to take part will in no way disadvantage you in any way. If you do decide to take part, you cannot withdraw any of your data (whether complete or incomplete), even if you decide to terminate the study. To terminate before you have finalised the study, simply press ‘NEXT’ until you get to the final page and then close the browser which will immediately terminate further participation. 


What will happen if I take part?

If you agree to participate, you will answer some questions about your recycling behaviours, barriers, and attitudes. Your participation will take approximately 30 minutes.


Are there any risks in taking part?

There are no known risks in taking part in this research. 


What are the possible benefits of taking part?

There are no direct benefits of taking part in this research. However, your data will contribute to the understanding of local recycling behaviours and beyond. 


Will my taking part in this project be kept confidential?

Yes. No one will be able to link the data provided to your identity or name. The data will be seen only by the researchers and collaborators and be shared upon request to other institutional researchers by email for research purposes only. The data will be gathered online via JISC and stored at the secure experimental platform and on a secure cloud at the University of Dundee (One Drive).


What will happen to the information I provide?

If you have any questions regarding this study, then please get in touch. You can e-mail the lead researcher Richardt Hansen (, the primary project supervisor Dr Kimberly More (, or the secondary supervisor Dr Rebecca Koomen (


Data Protection

There is no personal data that will be collected or processed in this study. 

If you wish to complain about the use of your information, please contact the University’s Data Protection Officer in the first instance (email: You may also wish to contact the Information Commissioner’s Office (

You can find more information about the ways that personal data is used at the University at:

If you wish to complain about the way the research has been conducted please contact the Convener of the University Research Ethics Committee (