Sorting behavior is a complex phenomenon depending on both personal and situational variables. The study enables us to identify both the activating and the inhibiting factors contributing to sorting behavior. It involved a survey using questionnaire. The results indicate that opportunities for sorting activities can inhibit the influence of personal variables on sorting behavior. Nevertheless, personal variables, particularly the perception of coercion in carrying out the task, and the feeling of personal responsibility, allow for a higher situational threshold (greater distance from the place of residence to the waste recuperation facilities. In addition, the type of living environment, risk perception and current sorting behavior are factors wich have a noticeable influence on the acceptance of higher levels of coercion.