Identifying the predictors of community acceptance of waste incineration plants in urban china : a qualitative analysis from a public perspective

Yanbo ZHANG, Yong LIU*, Keyu ZHAI

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Due to concerns about consequences to public health, the ecosystem, the natural landscape etc., the planning and construction of waste incineration plants always gives rise to a reaction and even protests from local communities. This study aims to investigate the determinants affecting public acceptance of waste incinerators. We contribute to the existing knowledge in the following ways: (1) this study undertook a qualitative analysis on community acceptance of nimby facilities in the context of China for the first time; (2) through qualitative interview analysis, we emphasize the impact of interactions among multiple factors regarding the acceptance of waste incinerators; (3) we finally construct a framework to systematically explain the formation mechanism of community acceptance of waste incineration plants. Employing in-depth interviews with 22 representative residents, the results indicate that from the perspective of externality, risk perception has a significant negative impact, whereas the effects of benefit perception are positive. In terms of interaction between government and citizen, both justice perception and political efficacy are positive. Social situational factors positively promote community acceptance. Lastly, the impact of individual cognition is mixed. This study has the potential to make a significant difference in better community governance and environment-friendly cities.

Original languageEnglish
Article number10189
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number19
Early online date28 Sept 2021
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
Funding: This study is supported by Key Projects of Philosophy and Social Sciences Research of Handan (2021090), Cultural and Art Scientific Planning and Tourism Research Project of Hebei (2021AC323367) and Youth Talent Support Program in Social Science of Hebei (BJ2021070).

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  • China
  • Community acceptance
  • Determinants
  • The public
  • Waste incineration plant


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