Effects of economic compensation on public acceptance of waste-to-energy incineration projects: an attribution theory perspective

Yong Liu*, Caiyun Cui, Chunqin Zhang, Bo Xia, Qing Chen, Martin Skitmore

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Abstract

Economic compensation has been documented in many studies globally as an important strategy for enhancing acceptance by local residents of potentially hazardous facilities. Based on attribution theory, the present study investigates the situation for Waste-to-Energy (WTE) incineration plants using a questionnaire survey conducted with adjacent residents to four selected WTE incineration plants located in the Yangtze River Delta region, China. The results indicate that economic compensation effectively improves residents’ acceptance by being positively associated with their perceived economic benefit and trust in the local government, but is negatively associated with their perceived risks. Of these, trust plays the most vital role. The findings contribute to the literature on decision-making of locally unwanted land use siting in China by understanding the effects of economic compensation on local resident acceptance; and is of great significance for other countries involved in establishing sustainable municipal solid waste disposal systems of their own.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1515-1535
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Environmental Planning and Management
Volume64
Issue number9
Early online date25 Nov 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

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