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Towards a circular economy : household participation in sustainable municipal solid waste management in Chengdu, China

Miao, Sen (2018) Towards a circular economy : household participation in sustainable municipal solid waste management in Chengdu, China.

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Abstract:This study is about the household participation in municipal solid waste management in Chengdu, China. The study focuses on identifying the level of waste sorting and the practice of the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) principle in households, as well as the perceived factors and difficulties that influence household participation in local municipal solid waste management. In this study, a range of theories on municipal waste management, sustainable waste management, circular economy and household participation are reviewed. The objectives of this study are to identify the current situation of municipal solid waste management in Chengdu, China, and the level of household participation in local municipal solid waste management; thereby to explore approaches for improving household participation to develop the sustainability of local municipal solid waste management. In this research, a survey is implemented to identify the current situation of household participation in local municipal solid waste management, as well as perceived factors and difficulties that influence households’ participation behavior. The desk research is implemented as well to validate the empirical data. It is found that the local municipal solid waste management and the level of household participation cannot be considered sustainable enough. The main difficulties of the current household participation in local waste management that are identified include the lack of technical facilities for waste sorting, low level of public awareness and in-adequate social activities regarding waste management. Recommendations to overcome them are proposed at the end of this study.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:43 environmental science
Programme:Environmental and Energy Management MSc (69319)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/77391
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