Applying a comprehensive action determination model to examine the recycling behavior of taipei city residents

Wei Ta Fang, Mei Hsuan Huang, Bai You Cheng, Rong Jeo Chiu, Yi Te Chiang, Chun Wei Hsu, Eric Ng

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Abstract

With the occurrence of rapid global economic growth concerns about waste and its related effects on the environment are on the rise. There has been an increasing focus towards sustainable development and waste recycling as part of environmental sustainability strategies, and the encouraging of recycling behavior has received considerable attention from various environmental stakeholders. While numerous studies have used grounded theories such as the theory of planned behaviors and the norm activation model to examine environmental behaviors, a lack of considera-tion of other important variables in these studies has been revealed. This study aimed to address this gap by adopting the comprehensive action determination model, which comprises a wider group of influencing variables related to norms, intentions, situations, and habits. This model was tested using structural equation modelling with a sample of 386 valid questionnaires collected from Taipei City residents in the domain of recycling behaviors. Results indicated that awareness had a positive influence on personal norms towards recycling behaviors; social norms had a positive influence on personal norms towards recycling behaviors; attitudes had a positive influence on recycling intentions; social norms had a positive influence on recycling intentions; personal norms had a positive influence on recycling intentions; perceived behavior control had a positive influence on recycling intentions; recycling intentions had a positive influence on recycling behavior; and recycling habits had a positive influence on recycling behavior. However, findings did not support the positive impact of perceived behavioral control on recycling behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Article number490
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jan 2

Keywords

  • Comprehensive action determination model
  • Recycling behavior
  • Resource recovery
  • Structural equation modeling
  • Taipei City

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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