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Sustainability 2017, 9(10), 1776; doi:10.3390/su9101776

Bonus Point System for Refuse Classification and Sustainable Development: A Study in China

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School of Law, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou 350116, China
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School of Law, Southwest University, Chongqing 400716, China
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Received: 2 September 2017 / Revised: 22 September 2017 / Accepted: 28 September 2017 / Published: 30 September 2017
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Abstract

The rapid growth of household waste not only endangers the environment and people’s health, but also limits social and economic development. The effective sorting and recycling of garbage can control this problem. Adopting a semi-quantitative case study method, our researchers investigated the effect of a bonus point system for refuse classification that improves the accuracy of refuse classification and the residents’ environment awareness. In the system, residents will receive some gifts after sorting the garbage correctly. We also investigated the attitudes of residents and companies towards this novel system. Our researchers employed various methods to analyze garbage-sorting data, questionnaires completed by residents, and interview records. The results show that use of a bonus point system affects the management of domestic waste by improving the accuracy and enhancing the awareness of garbage sorting. Overall, residents support the system and benefit from it, which increases participation and consciousness of environmental protection. However, continuous publicity and coordination of various policies are required to promote the wide-range implementation and sustainable development of this system. View Full-Text
Keywords: refuse classification system; environment law; sustainable development; bonus point system; case study refuse classification system; environment law; sustainable development; bonus point system; case study
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Guo, S.; Ding, G.; Zhao, Q.; Jiang, M. Bonus Point System for Refuse Classification and Sustainable Development: A Study in China. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1776.

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