Exploring the public views concerning the introduction of “Pay-As-You-Throw” waste management systems in Greece

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2016 (EN)
Exploring the public views concerning the introduction of “Pay-As-You-Throw” waste management systems in Greece (EN)

Kevrekidou, Maria (EN)

School of Economics, Business Administration and Legal Studies, MSc in Environmental Management and Sustainability (EN)
Herlyn, Estelle L.A. (EN)
Banias, Georgios (EN)
Botetzagias, Iosif (EN)

This dissertation was written as part of the MSc in Sustainable Development at the International Hellenic University. “Pay-As-You-Throw” waste management systems have long been implemented by various communities globally as a means to effectively inspire waste prevention and enhance waste diversion and recycling. While waste generation in Greece is constantly rising, the current legal framework, on the one hand, still requires the application of a flat-rate waste management system and, on the other hand, binds the country to specific quantitative targets and timeframes for the alternative management of municipal waste. The present thesis considers it’s timely to identify individuals’ perceptions as well as possible factors influencing public reception of three versions of the alternative waste management system prior to their implementation in Greece. Furthermore, the current study aims to investigate individuals’ opinion about the effective treatment of phenomena of illegal waste dumping, once a PAYT is in place. The PAYT alternatives included in the study were a) the volume-based bag program, b) the punch card weight-based system and c) the weight-based bin per property scheme. Study results reveal a wide public acceptance of the introduced waste management program but low levels of trust both towards municipalities for the effective implementation of any of the three PAYT versions and towards fellow citizens for adhering to the operating rules of the alternative waste management system. Several factors influencing individuals’ acceptance of “Pay-As-You-Throw” waste management systems have been identified and citizens’ views on how to effectively safeguard the operation of the introduced alternative system have been recorded, thus providing competent authorities with valuable information for a meticulous planning of the program prior to its actual implementation. (EN)


Economic instrument (EN)
Pay - As - You - Throw (PAYT) (EN)
Public perception (EN)
Sustainable waste management (EN)

Διεθνές Πανεπιστήμιο της Ελλάδος (EL)
International Hellenic University (EN)



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