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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12(8), 9475-9491; doi:10.3390/ijerph120809475

Residents’ Waste Separation Behaviors at the Source: Using SEM with the Theory of Planned Behavior in Guangzhou, China

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Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510640, China
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Guangzhou Institute of Geography, Guangzhou 510070, China
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University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Received: 9 April 2015 / Revised: 25 May 2015 / Accepted: 31 July 2015 / Published: 12 August 2015
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Abstract

Understanding the factors that affect residents’ waste separation behaviors helps in constructing effective environmental campaigns for a community. Using the theory of planned behavior (TPB), this study examines factors associated with waste separation behaviors by analyzing responses to questionnaires distributed in Guangzhou, China. Data drawn from 208 of 1000-field questionnaires were used to assess socio-demographic factors and the TPB constructs (i.e., attitudes, subjective norms, perceived behavioral control, intentions, and situational factors). The questionnaire data revealed that attitudes, subjective norms, perceived behavioral control, intentions, and situational factors significantly predicted household waste behaviors in Guangzhou, China. Through a structural equation modeling analysis, we concluded that campaigns targeting moral obligations may be particularly effective for increasing the participation rate in waste separation behaviors. View Full-Text
Keywords: theory of planned behavior; waste separation behavior; structural equation modeling; environmental education; China theory of planned behavior; waste separation behavior; structural equation modeling; environmental education; China
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Zhang, D.; Huang, G.; Yin, X.; Gong, Q. Residents’ Waste Separation Behaviors at the Source: Using SEM with the Theory of Planned Behavior in Guangzhou, China. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12, 9475-9491.

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