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Chinese Households’ Recycling Behavior - Analysis of Resident Survey in Harbin, China

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China’s rapid rates of urbanization and income growth have led to skyrocketing of the accumulation of domestic solid waste in landfills. Various policies have been adopted by the municipal governments, including the city of Harbin, to improve incentives for recycling in an attempt to reduce solid waste accumulation, but the effects of these efforts appear to have been mixed. The aim of this paper is to gain further understanding of the factors that influence households’ recycling behavior. We administered a survey to residents of Harbin city to measure their recycling frequency as well as their understanding of and attitudes towards household solid waste management. We apply ordered logistic regression analysis to study the impact of the survey variables and socioeconomic factors on the frequency of recycling. We find that knowledge, attitudes about sorting and reuse, attitudes about government involvement in recycling programs, and understanding of the environmental effects of recycling have positive effects on recycling frequency. Education plays a significant positive role while gender, income and age play no significant role in recycling frequency.

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  • Zhujie Chu & Laura Meriluoto & Ying Li & Bolin Chen, 2016. "Chinese Households’ Recycling Behavior - Analysis of Resident Survey in Harbin, China," Working Papers in Economics 16/08, University of Canterbury, Department of Economics and Finance.
  • Handle: RePEc:cbt:econwp:16/08
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    1. Stewart Barr & Andrew W Gilg & Nicholas J Ford, 2001. "A Conceptual Framework for Understanding and Analysing Attitudes towards Household-Waste Management," Environment and Planning A, , vol. 33(11), pages 2025-2048, November.
    2. Stewart Barr & Andrew W Gilg & Nicholas J Ford, 2001. "A conceptual framework for understanding and analysing attitudes towards household-waste management," Environment and Planning A, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 33(11), pages 2025-2048, November.
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    Solid waste; recycling; survey; peer pressure; China;

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