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000033754 041__ $$aEnglish
000033754 100__ $$aWadehra, S.
000033754 245__ $$aEncouraging Urban Households to Segregate the Waste They Generate: Insights from a Field Experiment in Delhi, India
000033754 260__ $$c2018
000033754 300__ $$a239-247
000033754 507__ $$aArabinda Mishra, ICIMOD staff, peerreviewed
000033754 520__ $$aDespite the Solid Waste Management Rules (SWM), 2016 stating that waste generators should segregate their waste before it is collected; most households in Delhi continue to be non-compliant. We conduct a study in 15 localities of Delhi to understand whether information, norms and economic incentive would have an effect on households’ compliance to rules. The study uses field experiments to elicit the impact of the interventions. We find that even low cost interventions such as information on segregation and its benefits are effective in changing household waste segregation behaviour. We also find that a combination of information and economic incentives play an important role in inducing the households to begin segregation at source. The efficacy of incentive highlights the importance of defining a differential user fee - lesser amount for those who segregate and a higher amount for those who do not segregate. The field observations also show that the garbage collector could nullify the actions of the household, thus highlighting the importance of educating the garbage collector as well. Our findings can inform Municipal officials and agencies involved in collection and transportation of waste, to induce households to segregate at source.
000033754 700__ $$aMishra, A.
000033754 773__ $$pResources, Conservation and Recycling
000033754 773__ $$v134 
000033754 773__ $$ahttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.resconrec.2018.03.013
000033754 8564_ $$uhttps://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0921344918301150$$yExternal link (close access)
000033754 980__ $$aARTICLE