Time and space for increasing recycling behaviours in Bristol
The Bristol Waste recycling community engagement team were keen to upskill in behavioural science and have a day to focus on their current projects to identify further opportunities to deliver change.
The teams are working with engaging an array of audiences. From people who live in flats, transient residents like students and people who are attending events for the day. All with varying levels of environmental interest or concern.
A bespoke workshop identifying waste behaviour barriers and solutions
The workshop format was a balance of practical and theoretical content with five groups considering five different challenge areas
Rather than just jumping into solutions, the team spent the morning delving into:
- Behavioural science theory
- Audience segmentation tools
- The cognitive, infrastructure and social barriers to behaviour change in their focus areas.
In the afternoon, we showed them different behavioural science-influenced examples of change. Fueled by biscuits and caffeine the groups filled their tables with post-it notes of ideas and solutions, asking ´How Might We….. deliver cognitive, infrastructure and social changes’ that would address the barriers for their target audience.
Immediate actions from the workshop
As well as lots of ideas, the teams went away with approaches and tools for their day-to-day work, including a bespoke workbook.
Immediate applications from the workshop included the Innovation and Sustainability Team reviewing and editing the standard letters that they give with these changes:
“We really got a lot out of the workshop. Recently I went through a set of our letters that we send out regularly and applied the behaviour change principles we learnt to improve them, and these are now going to flats across the City”