WILLINGNESS TO PAY FOR PRIVATE SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT: INSIGHTS FROM PESHAWAR

Muhammad Rafiq, Shamaila Ali, Munir Khan, Muhammad Atiq

Abstract


Solid waste generation has become an important
environmental problem, particularly in developing nations. Solid
waste management (SWM) in Peshawar city has always been examined
from supply side, while the demand side i.e. willingness to pay (WTP)
by residents has been ignored. This paper aims to estimate the
households’ willingness to pay for private SWM in Peshawar district.
A multistage sampling technique was applied for a sample size of 400
households from 5 different locations of Peshawar. Logistic regression
estimation reveals that 75 percent of the respondents are willing to
pay, while multiple regressions reveal a mean WTP of PKR 163 per
month and a median WTP of PKR 100 over and above their existing
payments. However, this broadly depends on the income level and
severity of SWM in those areas. The findings of the study will help
policy makers in designing a sustainable SWM strategy in Peshawar
district.


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