Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A choice experiment analysis for solid waste disposal option: A case study in Malaysia

Abstract: In Malaysia, most municipal wastes currently are disposed into poorly managed ‘controlled tipping’ systems with little or no pollution protection measures. This study was undertaken to assist the relevant governmental bodies and service providers to identify an improved waste disposal management strategy. The study applied the choice experiment technique to estimate the nonmarket values for a number of waste disposal technologies. Implicit prices for environmental attributes such as psychological fear, land use, air pollution, and river water quality were estimated. Compensating surplus estimates incorporating distance from the residences of the respondents to the proposed disposal facility were calculated for a number of generic and technology-specific choice sets. The resulting estimates were higher for technology-specific options, and the distance factor was a significant determinant in setting an equitable solid waste management fee.

by Pek Chuen-Khee 1 and Jamal Othman 
1. The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, Semenyih, 43500 Selangor, Malaysia 
2. National University of Malaysia, 43600 UKM, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia
Journal of Environmental Management via Elsevier Science Direct www.ScienceDirect.com
In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 6 August 2011 
Keywords: Solid waste disposal; Willingness-to-pay; Choice experiment

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