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Title: Accessing consumer perceptions of the effectiveness of the deposit refund system
Authors: Konstantoglou, Aggeliki
Fotiadis, Thomas
Folinas, Dimitris
Falaras, Athanasios
Rotsios, Konstantinos
Subjects LC: Recycling (Waste, etc.)
Circular economy - Greece - Case studies
Keywords: Recycling
Deposit refund system
Circular economy
Case study
Issue Date: 12-Jun-2023
Publisher: MDPI
Abstract: This study analyzes consumers’ perceptions of the Deposit Refund System (DRS) initiative in Greece. It aims firstly to measure the effectiveness of these systems in Greece. Secondly, based on elements from the Theory of Green Purchased Behavior, it identifies the motives of DRS users and how they affect DRS usage and perception. Data were gathered using a mail-out survey to consumers in various cities in Greece. The key finding supports the argument that moral motives significantly lower the costs associated with household recycling efforts. Moreover, Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) is used to examine the research hypotheses. The findings reveal that the DRS motives positively and statistically significantly affect the process of recycling and user perception of DRS. Moreover, the DRS perception affects the adoption of the DRS and complementary mediates the effect of motives for DRS adoption. The normalized model shows that an increase in motives by 1 unit will increase the perception of consumers for refundable recycling by 0.346 units. Similarly, an increase in the motives by 1 unit will increase the use of refundable recycling by 0.296 units.
Length: 19 pages
Type: Journal Article
Relation (Part Of): "Sustainability" journal
Publication Status: Published
Citation: Konstantoglou, A, Fotiadis, T, Folinas, D, Falaras, A, & Rotsios, K 2023, 'Accessing consumer perceptions of the effectiveness of the Deposit Refund System', Sustainability, vol. 15, no.12, pp. 1-16.
Restrictions: Open Access
Attribution 4.0 International
Language: en
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