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Establishing a Sustainable Waste Management System in a Transitional Economic Context: Analysis of the Socio-Economic Dynamics

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Specialized Partnerships in Sustainable Food Systems and Food Sovereignty, Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences, University of Kassel, 37213 Witzenhausen, Germany
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School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences, Agricultural University of Georgia, 0159 Tbilisi, Georgia
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Department of Development Economics, Migration and Agricultural Policy, Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences, University of Kassel, 37213 Witzenhausen, Germany
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Sustainability 2020, 12(9), 3887; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12093887
Received: 12 March 2020 / Revised: 22 April 2020 / Accepted: 7 May 2020 / Published: 9 May 2020
Establishing a sustainable waste management system concerns multiple aspects of the prospected geo-locations. Among them, the dynamics of the socio-economy play a crucial role. Based on the idea of circular economy (CE), the amount of waste, in general, should be reduced and the process of social involvement is embedded. This study aims to examine the social willingness towards a sustainable waste management system at a local level in Georgia. The research study was conducted with waste management analyses in Marneuli city in the South-Eastern Georgian district of Kvemo Kartli, as well as a survey in 510 households in Marneuli. A descriptive statistical analysis and a narrative analysis were used to evaluate the results of the survey. In Georgia, as a transitional country, local participation is still not well developed. However, this research study shows that the potentiality and the social request for the environmental actions at a local level exist. The key results of this study are that the robust connection with the locals is a fundamental factor in implementing a sustainable waste management plan at a local level. View Full-Text
Keywords: people participation; social willingness; Marneuli; Georgia; technical innovation; waste management; household waste people participation; social willingness; Marneuli; Georgia; technical innovation; waste management; household waste
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Fehr, A.; Urushadze, T.; Zöller, N.; Knerr, B.; Ploeger, A.; Vogtmann, H. Establishing a Sustainable Waste Management System in a Transitional Economic Context: Analysis of the Socio-Economic Dynamics. Sustainability 2020, 12, 3887. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12093887

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Fehr A, Urushadze T, Zöller N, Knerr B, Ploeger A, Vogtmann H. Establishing a Sustainable Waste Management System in a Transitional Economic Context: Analysis of the Socio-Economic Dynamics. Sustainability. 2020; 12(9):3887. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12093887

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Fehr, Andreas, Teo Urushadze, Nikolas Zöller, Béatrice Knerr, Angelika Ploeger, and Hartmut Vogtmann. 2020. "Establishing a Sustainable Waste Management System in a Transitional Economic Context: Analysis of the Socio-Economic Dynamics" Sustainability 12, no. 9: 3887. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12093887

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