Residents' concerns and attitudes towards municipal solid waste management: Opportunities for improved management

Mahad Said Baawain*, Abdullah Al-Mamun, Hamid Omidvarborna, Fatma Al-Mujaini, Bheemanagoud S. Choudri

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Abstract

Rapid urbanisation, industrial and economic growth have caused a tremendous increase in the municipal solid waste (MSW) generation in developing countries. Therefore, solid waste management (SWM) has become a serious issue among the developing countries. Aiming to understand residents' knowledge, awareness and concerns towards MSW and SWM, this study intended to identify concerns and attitudes towards solid waste generation and management in Muscat, Oman. Therefore, a survey study was carried out to solicit the opinion of the residents and to get primary data about solid waste generation and management in Muscat. The generation of MSW was assessed based on different socioeconomic aspects, such as gender, education level, age and working status. The majority of the respondents had positive attitudes towards source reduction, separation and recycling attitudes and practices. The public had the objection to burn solid waste, including incineration (80%) and strong opinion to have proper regulations/legislations towards SWM (88%).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-106
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Environment and Waste Management
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • MSW
  • Municipal solid waste
  • Public attitude
  • Public perception
  • Solid waste management
  • Survey
  • SWM

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Waste Management and Disposal

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