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Article: A study of older people who collect recycling materials for financial returns

TitleA study of older people who collect recycling materials for financial returns
Authors
KeywordsAged
Hong Kong
Poverty
Issue Date2007
PublisherHong Kong Academy of Medicine Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hkag.org/Publications/AJGG/Publications_AJGG.htm
Citation
Asian Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 2007, v. 2 n. 3, p. 133-138 How to Cite?
AbstractBackground. In Hong Kong, it is likely that daily, you will see older people who push a cargo cart carrying materials that they collected on the street. However, there is a lack of knowledge about who they are, why they do so, and how. This study aimed to explore the life experiences of a group of older people who collect recycling materials for financial return. Methods. A survey method was adopted, in which 82 older people who self-reported that they were motivated to collect recycling materials for financial return were interviewed using a standardised questionnaire. Results. Most of the respondents were female, living with family members, and not economically active during the time of the survey. Approximately 38% of the respondents indicated that they wanted the money for a living and the remainder regarded it as a perquisite. The majority of the respondents collected recycling materials daily and had done so for 1 to 10 years. About one-third of them reported that they had experienced injury in the process. The resulting median monthly income they derived was reported as HK$350. More than 40% of the respondents said they had to compete with others during the collecting process. Conclusion. Older people who collect recycling materials for financial return were mainly motivated by two factors: to earn money for a living or as a perquisite. Collecting recycling materials was basically like a ‘job’ they undertook frequently, during which they also experienced injury and competition.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/59804
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.116

 

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dc.contributor.authorLou, VWQen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-05-31T03:57:44Z-
dc.date.available2010-05-31T03:57:44Z-
dc.date.issued2007en_HK
dc.identifier.citationAsian Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 2007, v. 2 n. 3, p. 133-138en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1819-1576-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/59804-
dc.description.abstractBackground. In Hong Kong, it is likely that daily, you will see older people who push a cargo cart carrying materials that they collected on the street. However, there is a lack of knowledge about who they are, why they do so, and how. This study aimed to explore the life experiences of a group of older people who collect recycling materials for financial return. Methods. A survey method was adopted, in which 82 older people who self-reported that they were motivated to collect recycling materials for financial return were interviewed using a standardised questionnaire. Results. Most of the respondents were female, living with family members, and not economically active during the time of the survey. Approximately 38% of the respondents indicated that they wanted the money for a living and the remainder regarded it as a perquisite. The majority of the respondents collected recycling materials daily and had done so for 1 to 10 years. About one-third of them reported that they had experienced injury in the process. The resulting median monthly income they derived was reported as HK$350. More than 40% of the respondents said they had to compete with others during the collecting process. Conclusion. Older people who collect recycling materials for financial return were mainly motivated by two factors: to earn money for a living or as a perquisite. Collecting recycling materials was basically like a ‘job’ they undertook frequently, during which they also experienced injury and competition.-
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherHong Kong Academy of Medicine Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hkag.org/Publications/AJGG/Publications_AJGG.htm-
dc.relation.ispartofAsian Journal of Gerontology and Geriatricsen_HK
dc.rightsAsian Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics. Copyright © Hong Kong Academy of Medicine Press.-
dc.subjectAged-
dc.subjectHong Kong-
dc.subjectPoverty-
dc.titleA study of older people who collect recycling materials for financial returnsen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailLou, VWQ: wlou@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.authorityLou, VWQ=rp00607en_HK
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dc.identifier.hkuros165850en_HK
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dc.identifier.spage133-
dc.identifier.epage138-

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