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An analysis of household acceptance of curbside recycling scheme in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Zen, Irina Safitri and Siwar, Chamhuri (2015) An analysis of household acceptance of curbside recycling scheme in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Habitat International, 47 . pp. 248-255. ISSN 0197-3975

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.habitatint.2015.01.014


This study explored and analyzed household acceptance of the curbside recycling scheme (CRS) in selected residential areas in Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory (KLFT), Malaysia where the number of drop-off recycling facilities are limited. The analysis identified the socio-economic factors that affect the respondents' willingness to pay (WTP) for CRS. A survey using standardized questionnaires of the contingent valuation method (CVM) was administered to 460 households. The proposed scheme received a positive response with high willingness of residents to separate (90%) but low WTP (34%) for the scheme charges. Despite the average of WTP curbside recycling charges of MYR88.80 added to household annual tax has translated into MYR7.40 per month (USD 2.50), the study revealed various issues to improve existing recycling facilities with the solid waste management (SWM) and recycling practices. The analysis further revealed that CRS gained support from the Chinese who practice recycling and also from older age groups with the involvement of other family members such as a father/husband and adult and household who has the right attitude towards recycling. It showed the demand for more convenient recycling services which is an improvement from drop-off recycling facilities or a public recycling facilities to a private recycling services at the household level. Finally, CRS has potential application in the middle-high income residential areas of Bangsar and Wangsa Maju

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:solid waste management, source separation
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races > HT101-395 Sociology, Urban
Divisions:Built Environment
ID Code:57736
Deposited By: Haliza Zainal
Deposited On:04 Dec 2016 04:08
Last Modified:01 Feb 2017 00:58

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