Illegal waste dumping under a municipal solid waste charging scheme: Application of the neutralization theory

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Abstract

Illegal waste dumping has become a threat to human health and the global environment. In Hong Kong, the government has proposed a quantity-based municipal solid waste charging scheme to reduce waste. However, individuals may still dispose of waste improperly, even if such a scheme has been implemented. In this study, the neutralization theory was adopted and an online survey with 273 respondents was conducted to examine the reasons for improper dumping intentions. A principal component analysis identified two types of neutralization: intrinsic neutralization (including denial of responsibility, denial of injury, and defense of necessity) and extrinsic neutralization (including condemnation of the condemners and appeal to higher loyalties). A regression analysis showed that intrinsic neutralization and gender were significant factors for illegal waste dumping intentions when attitude toward illegal waste dumping was controlled. Copyright © 2021 by the author.
Original languageEnglish
Article number9279
JournalSustainability
Volume13
Issue number16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021

Citation

Chu, A. M. Y. (2021). Illegal waste dumping under a municipal solid waste charging scheme: Application of the neutralization theory. Sustainability, 13(16). Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.3390/su13169279

Keywords

  • Environmental sustainability
  • Illegal waste disposal
  • Neutralization techniques
  • Public health
  • Waste management

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