Sorting out a problem: a co-production approach to household waste management in Shanghai, China

Lu, Hongmei and Sidortsov, Roman (2019) Sorting out a problem: a co-production approach to household waste management in Shanghai, China. Waste Management, 95. pp. 271-277. ISSN 0956-053X

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Rapid urban population growth in China has resulted in significant challenges for Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) management. To combat these challenges, Chinese authorities implemented a pilot program of MSW sorting in eight Chinese cities including Shanghai in 2000 but is yet to reach a widespread success. This paper uses a qualitative case-study approach to explore the potential of a community-based co-production strategy for household waste sorting as an alternative to the conventional top-down approach. Co-production implies the involvement of citizens, consumers, volunteers and/or community organizations in producing public service. We find two major drivers of the government-volunteer consortium and the peer-pressure effect help realize the potential of waste-management co-production at a lowered cost with improved efficiency and collaborative innovation. In addition, context-specific conditions including policy consistency, strong volunteer effort and compatibility with local culture to promote public participation must be present for further co-production application. We also acknowledge that the co-production approach would be most effective at the initial stage of policy implementation to foster the waste-sorting habit-formation in regions where the waste collection rates remain low.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: China, Co-production, Government-volunteer consortium, Household waste sorting, Peer-pressure effect, Shanghai, China, Cities, Humans, Refuse Disposal, Solid Waste, Waste Management
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
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Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2020 09:43
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2021 16:15

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