Influence Of Socio-Economic Factors on Street Litter Generation in the Middle East: Effects of Education Level, Age, and Type of Residence‎

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Journal Title, Volume, Page: 
Waste Manag Res.;25(4):363-70.
Year of Publication: 
2007
Authors: 
Hassan A. Arafat
Chemical Engineering Department, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine
Current Affiliation: 
Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine
Issam A. Al-Khatib
Institute of Community and Public Health and Faculty of Engineering, Birzeit University, Ramallah, Palestine
Raeda Daoud
College of Graduate Studies, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine
Hadeel Shwahneh
College of Graduate Studies, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine
Preferred Abstract (Original): 

Street littering is considered an important environmental health issue in the Middle East. This problem is growing steadily and is attracting great concerns within the communities. The purpose of this paper, which focuses on Nablus district (Palestinian Territory), is to measure the perception and opinion of residents toward littering, in addition to studying prevailing attitudes and practices on littering. This was achieved using an interview survey approach. The influence of three socio-economic factors; level of education, age, and type of residence, on the littering behaviour of individuals was studied. As a result, possible remedial actions have been suggested. The data presented in this work can be considered as one piece of information, which can be compiled with other future data to design an effective litter control programrhe for Middle Eastern countries.