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Waste as a Social Dilemma. Issues of Social and Environmental Justice and the Role of Residents in Municipal Solid Waste Management, Delhi, India

Milea, Adriana LU (2009) MIDM70 20091
LUMID International Master programme in applied International Development and Management
Abstract
In Delhi, as in many other large cities in developing countries, the inappropriate management of municipal solid waste is a significant flaw in the quality of life of its residents, and a serious threat to the environment. Taking the integrated approach to solid waste management as its point of departure, this thesis focuses on city residents as waste producers and their role in municipal solid waste management (MSWM). It argues that the waste problem is caused by human behaviour and therefore the solution lies in changing that behaviour.
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The aim of this project is to identify the city residents’ current attitudes and behaviour related to waste and waste management in Delhi and the factors influencing them. Based on that, the paper... (More)
In Delhi, as in many other large cities in developing countries, the inappropriate management of municipal solid waste is a significant flaw in the quality of life of its residents, and a serious threat to the environment. Taking the integrated approach to solid waste management as its point of departure, this thesis focuses on city residents as waste producers and their role in municipal solid waste management (MSWM). It argues that the waste problem is caused by human behaviour and therefore the solution lies in changing that behaviour.
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The aim of this project is to identify the city residents’ current attitudes and behaviour related to waste and waste management in Delhi and the factors influencing them. Based on that, the paper proposes several recommendations on the best ways to change behaviours towards more environmental-friendly and socially equitable ones. Methodologically, a triangulation of key informant interviews, statistical analysis based on a survey with 99 city residents, and observations of everyday practice was employed.
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The findings of this thesis point out that, although garbage is perceived as a big problem in Delhi by the majority of respondents, there is little awareness on the ways one could contribute to solving it. The sense of responsibility for one’s waste was found to be the major factor determining littering and waste separation but waste minimization is mainly associated with income and not perceived as part of the waste problem. As for ways out of the problem, it is suggested that public campaigns should emphasise residents’ responsibility for their waste and the importance of each and every citizen’s cooperation, thus creating a sense of a shared social goal around solving the waste problem. The information and motivation campaign should be supplemented with measures that would facilitate citizen participation. (Less)
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Milea, Adriana LU
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MIDM70 20091
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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Swedish
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1474416
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2009-09-29 10:14:58
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  abstract     = {In Delhi, as in many other large cities in developing countries, the inappropriate management of municipal solid waste is a significant flaw in the quality of life of its residents, and a serious threat to the environment. Taking the integrated approach to solid waste management as its point of departure, this thesis focuses on city residents as waste producers and their role in municipal solid waste management (MSWM). It argues that the waste problem is caused by human behaviour and therefore the solution lies in changing that behaviour. 
<br>
The aim of this project is to identify the city residents’ current attitudes and behaviour related to waste and waste management in Delhi and the factors influencing them. Based on that, the paper proposes several recommendations on the best ways to change behaviours towards more environmental-friendly and socially equitable ones. Methodologically, a triangulation of key informant interviews, statistical analysis based on a survey with 99 city residents, and observations of everyday practice was employed. 
<br>
The findings of this thesis point out that, although garbage is perceived as a big problem in Delhi by the majority of respondents, there is little awareness on the ways one could contribute to solving it. The sense of responsibility for one’s waste was found to be the major factor determining littering and waste separation but waste minimization is mainly associated with income and not perceived as part of the waste problem. As for ways out of the problem, it is suggested that public campaigns should emphasise residents’ responsibility for their waste and the importance of each and every citizen’s cooperation, thus creating a sense of a shared social goal around solving the waste problem. The information and motivation campaign should be supplemented with measures that would facilitate citizen participation.},
  author       = {Milea, Adriana},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Waste as a Social Dilemma. Issues of Social and Environmental Justice and the Role of Residents in Municipal Solid Waste Management, Delhi, India},
  year         = {2009},
}