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DOMESTIC WASTE MANAGEMENT AS A MEANS FOR LIFE QUALITY IMPROVEMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION IN THE CITY OF KARDITSA: CITIZENS’ VIEWPOINT

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/SDP-V3-N1-73-82

Volume

Volume 3 (2008), Issue 1

Pages

9

Page Range

73 - 82

Author(s)

P. KARANIKOLA, S. TAMPAKIS

Abstract

This project refers to the investigation of opinions of Karditsa municipality citizens with respect to waste management and cleanness in their town. About 57.7% of the citizens state that they are unaware of the municipality’s cleanness regulation, while with respect to information about waste management, 31.2% claim to be sufficiently informed, and 31.4% have poor information. However, most citizens find the cleanness services provided to be satisfactory (58.4%). Citizens who evaluate the cleanness services as being ‘satisfactory to very satisfactory’ live at a distance of up to 50 m from the waste containers, and state that the containers are emptied more than 3 times a week, while those who claim to be ‘disappointed to very disappointed’ are located at a distance more than 50 m away from the containers and claim that waste is collected 1–3 times a week. Almost half of the citizens are aware of containers being moved, and usually dispose of waste in the morning and evening, while the vast majority (80.5%) denied leaving waste outside the containers when these are empty. Finally, around half of the citizens are unaware of the amount they pay through municipal taxes for cleanness and waste disposal.

Keywords

citizens’ viewpoint, environmental protection, Karditsa city, waste management