Knowledge, concerns and attitudes towards plastic pollution: An empirical study of public perceptions in Portugal

dc.contributor.authorMiguel, Isabel
dc.contributor.authorSantos, Ana
dc.contributor.authorVenâncio, Cátia
dc.contributor.authorOliveira, Miguel
dc.date.accessioned2023-10-31T11:50:05Z
dc.date.available2023-10-31T11:50:05Z
dc.date.issued2023-10
dc.description.abstractWhile the harmful effects of different types of plastic particles have been increasingly reported, studies on public perceptions and behaviors related to plastic pollution may be considered limited. The present study aims to assess the general public's knowledge, awareness, and concern about plastic pollution in different environmental compartments (air, water, and soil) and assess recycling behaviors. For this, a large representative sample was considered (over 1000 participants), composed of members of different genders, levels of education, and age groups. Overall, the results showed that participants were aware of plastic pollution in many environmental compartments, although they reported being more concerned about the marine and land environments than the air. Participants' levels of concern about the plastic problem were influenced by age and level of education, with older participants and those with lower educational levels attributing less importance to recycling as a means of tackling the plastic problem. Women are more likely to adopt plastic alternatives and engage in recycling practices than men. Data allowed the identification of priority sociodemographic characteristics of communities that should be targeted in education and awareness-raising activities.
dc.identifier.citationMiguel, I., Santos, A., Venâncio, C., & Oliveira, M. (2023). Knowledge, concerns and attitudes towards plastic pollution: An empirical study of public perceptions in Portugal. Science of The Total Environment, 906(1 January 2024), (Published online: october 2023), 167784, 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2023.167784. Repositório Institucional UPT. https://hdl.handle.net/11328/5179
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2023.167784
dc.identifier.issn0048-9697
dc.identifier.issn1879-1026
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/11328/5179
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.relation.hasversionhttps://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969723064112?via%3Dihub
dc.rightsopen access
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.subjectPlastic pollution
dc.subjectPublic perceptions
dc.subjectEnvironmental knowledge and awareness
dc.subjectRecycling attitudes and behaviors
dc.titleKnowledge, concerns and attitudes towards plastic pollution: An empirical study of public perceptions in Portugal
dc.typejournal article
dspace.entity.typePublicationen
oaire.citation.endPage8
oaire.citation.startPage1
oaire.citation.titleScience of The Total Environment
oaire.citation.volume906
oaire.versionhttp://purl.org/coar/version/c_970fb48d4fbd8a85

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