Investigating the level of citizen participation in waste recycling stations in Isfahan Metropolis, Iran

Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of Urban Planning and Design, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Development, Art University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran

2 Department of Environmental Health Engineering, School of Health, Shahrekord University of Medical Sciences, Shahrekord, Iran


Aims: This study aimed to investigate the level of citizen participation in solid waste recycling in the Isfahan metropolis. Materials and Methods: To assess the proportionate rate of citizen participation in 15 districts of the city, 400 questionnaires were filled out by participants through stratified random sampling method. The statistical analysis (Correlation and regression analysis) of the data was performed using the SPSS software. Results: The results showed that despite popular belief, the situation of solid waste recycling in Isfahan is unfavorable. Moreover, the highest level of citizen participation is related to district 10 (29.91%) and the lowest amount is associated with district 5 (12.22%). Applying strategies tailored to the social, economical, and cultural characteristics of each district and based on the current level of participation of citizens in each district can improve the current status. Conclusion: The results showed that the citizens need more education to increase their participation in Comprehensive Waste management. However, the provision of educational programs through mass media along with municipality co-operation leads to elevate the people awareness.

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Volume 2021, September
September 2021
Pages 1-6
  • Receive Date: 30 March 2021
  • Revise Date: 17 July 2021
  • Accept Date: 04 August 2022