Title: Determinants of awareness and disposal habits of households for effective municipal solid waste management

Authors: Saurabh Srivastava; Divya Singh Jamwal

Addresses: School of Business, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra, J&K, 182 320, India ' School of Business, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra, J&K, 182 320, India

Abstract: Municipal solid waste management (MSWM) touches upon the various aspects of environment, society and economy, creating interdependencies of the municipal authorities as service providers, and various other stakeholders (households, commercial establishments, hotels etc.) as the service users. This paper is based on an exploratory survey of 804 households for the determination of their awareness level and habits of solid waste disposal. The paper highlights the theoretical paradigm of factors affecting the solid waste disposal behaviour of the household segment with the relevant statistical tools and techniques. The paper derives from the theory of planned behaviour (TPB) and confirms the factors that would support the planning for effective management of solid waste. The findings of the present study support the need for a well-defined comprehensive and participative plan of action for resolving the issue of MSWM that can be implemented with defined objectives and timeline by the concerned municipal bodies.

Keywords: strategic approach; stakeholders engagement; MSWM; municipal solid waste management; awareness level and habit; solid waste disposal behaviour.

DOI: 10.1504/JGBA.2019.101384

Journal for Global Business Advancement, 2019 Vol.12 No.3, pp.405 - 428

Available online: 05 Aug 2019 *

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