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IJERPH, Vol. 16, Pages 1659: Environmental Education, Knowledge, and High School Students’ Intention toward Separation of Solid Waste on Campus

13 May 2019

IJERPH, Vol. 16, Pages 1659: Environmental Education, Knowledge, and High School Students’ Intention toward Separation of Solid Waste on Campus

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health doi: 10.3390/ijerph16091659

Authors:
Chuanhui Liao
Hui Li

To achieve substantial and sustainable levels of separation of municipal solid waste (MSW), it is essential to engage young people as they are important drivers of change and will have a major influence on the future of the world. This study aimed to understand Chinese high school students’ intention toward the separation of solid waste on campus (SSWC). The study has used the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) as its theoretical framework, and further incorporates two additional constructs (environmental education and environmental knowledge) to explain the separation of solid waste (SSW) behavior of 562 high school students. The results indicate that environmental education is essential to ensure that students have required knowledge and positive attitudes toward SSWC. Knowledge was the best predictor of high school students’ separation behavior. Moreover, a lack of subjective norm from the important people could prevent students from participating in this process, regardless of their positive attitudes. The implications for policy and scope for further research are discussed.

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