Science Target Conference Systems, Ajman 4th International Environment Conference 2016

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Sustainable Solid Waste Management: The Brits' Ways of Recycling
Emy Ezura A Jalil

Last modified: 2015-11-03

Abstract


The pressure from the United Kingdom (UK) waste and environmental policies and being a member of the European Union has contributed to indicative strains of financial burden on the UK municipalities to develop a sustainable recycling waste system in their localities. A sustainable recycling waste system often received less attention from the policymakers however, due to the incremental of socio-environmental concerns; most of the municipalities could not avoid the repercussion. Thus, the development of sustainable solid waste management primarily the household waste is considered necessary and unavoidable. The study is focused on the complexity of household recycling waste management (HRWM). In particular, municipal solid waste (MSW) is presently, and has been an environmental issue and previous studies reluctantly to converge the important aspect of reverse logistics (situational factors) as well as behavioral aspects (personal factors) in one holistic framework. This study has found that a "symbiosis effect" perspective appears to be a robust framework to bring together effective household recycling waste systems and sustainable development considerations to enhance both sustainability and the economy. Further, the study provides empirical evidence examining both situational and personal factors of households and their interactions, which were previously not well-understood. This study has incorporated behavioural aspects in the reverse logistics process that should help improve the municipalities’ planning processes. Also, municipalities may be more adaptive to the changing behaviour of their constituents and more willing to change their waste and recycling strategies to more sustainable methods.