Solid waste management and the willingness to pay for improved services towards achieving sustainable living

Hasnah Ali, Noraziah Ali, Rashid Ahmad, Maznah Ibrahim, Shaharuddin Ahmad, Sarifah Yaacob

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The Willingness To Pay (WTP) for improved solid waste management (SWM) is often related with one's standard of living. The hypothesis stated that the relationship between income and the ability to pay is positive, but this hypothesis is not always true. The objectives of this study are firstly to analyze the people's behaviour in SWM and estimate the relationship between this behaviour and income and secondly to identify the factors which influence their ability to pay for improved services. The respondents of this study live in Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor. A total of 300 respondents were interviewed. The data collected was analyzed using descriptive analysis and logistic regression. The results showed that 85.5percent of the respondents were willing to pay for improved SWM while 14.5percent were not willing. The analysis using logistic model regression found that the income factors were significant and positive at the confidence level of 10percent, which is in accordance with the initial hypothesis. And the age factor is significant and negative at confidence level of 5percent, whereas other factors including the level of education were not significant. The implication of this study is that public education is essential when waste minimization programmes are developed and implemented, and hence awareness campaign of WTP needs to be conducted more frequent. It is suggested that cross subsidiary study between the high income and the low income people to be conducted to determine an earned amount to be charged towards achieving sustainable living.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-60
Number of pages9
JournalAdvances in Natural and Applied Sciences
Volume6
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012

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Keywords

  • Solid waste management
  • Standard of living
  • Sustainable living
  • Waste minimization
  • Willingness to pay

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  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Engineering(all)

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Solid waste management and the willingness to pay for improved services towards achieving sustainable living. / Ali, Hasnah; Ali, Noraziah; Ahmad, Rashid; Ibrahim, Maznah; Ahmad, Shaharuddin; Yaacob, Sarifah.

In: Advances in Natural and Applied Sciences, Vol. 6, No. 1, 01.2012, p. 52-60.

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Ali, Hasnah ; Ali, Noraziah ; Ahmad, Rashid ; Ibrahim, Maznah ; Ahmad, Shaharuddin ; Yaacob, Sarifah. / Solid waste management and the willingness to pay for improved services towards achieving sustainable living. In: Advances in Natural and Applied Sciences. 2012 ; Vol. 6, No. 1. pp. 52-60.
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