Next Article in Journal
Exploring Relationships between Environmental Performance, E-Government and Corruption: A Multivariate Perspective
Previous Article in Journal
Givers or Recipients? Co-Movements between Stock Markets of CEE-3 and Developed Countries
Open AccessArticle

Survey on Household Solid Waste Sorting at Source in Developing Economies: A Case Study of Nur-Sultan City in Kazakhstan

1
Green Energy and Environment Laboratory, National Laboratory Astana, Nazarbayev University, Nur-Sultan 010000, Kazakhstan
2
Environmental Science & Technology Group (ESTg), Chemical and Materials Engineering Department, School of Engineering, Nazarbayev University, Nur-Sultan 010000, Kazakhstan
3
Ingenieurgesellschafft Prof. Czurda und Partner mbH (ICP), Auf der Breit 11, Karlsruhe 76227, Germany
4
Graduate School of Public Policy, Nazarbayev University, Nur-Sultan 010000, Kazakhstan
5
The Environment & Resource Efficiency Cluster (EREC), Nazarbayev University, Nur-Sultan 010000, Kazakhstan
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Sustainability 2019, 11(22), 6496; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11226496
Received: 28 August 2019 / Revised: 14 October 2019 / Accepted: 29 October 2019 / Published: 18 November 2019
The exponential population growth in urban areas makes existing solid waste management policies and strategies challenging. The situation becomes more strenuous in fast-growing cities where increasing waste production can hardly be met by the capacity of existing facilities. Practices like waste prevention, recycling, reuse, and recovery are fundamental elements needed for the reduction of solid waste disposed in landfills, especially in fast-growing cities where more sustainable management practices need to be adopted. This study investigated the behavioral attitudes of citizens of the capital of Kazakhstan, Nur-Sultan (former Astana), towards household solid waste disposal and separation at the source. The survey was conducted through stratified random sampling during April and July of 2018 with the participation of 3281 respondents. It is the first attempt, to our knowledge, of assessing recycling trends in Kazakhstan from the household perspective. The results showed that 24% of respondents were already sorting household solid waste despite the absence of a separation system at the source. The study further demonstrated that separation at source could be effective if the local authorities were to introduce sound public awareness campaigns and install recycling bins in close proximity to residential buildings. View Full-Text
Keywords: household solid waste; recycling; separation at source; survey household solid waste; recycling; separation at source; survey
Show Figures

Figure 1

MDPI and ACS Style

Sarbassov, Y.; Sagalova, T.; Tursunov, O.; Venetis, C.; Xenarios, S.; Inglezakis, V. Survey on Household Solid Waste Sorting at Source in Developing Economies: A Case Study of Nur-Sultan City in Kazakhstan. Sustainability 2019, 11, 6496.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Back to TopTop