Effects of the Environmental Attitude and Responsibility on Household Waste Separation: Evidence from Iranian Married Women

Siroos Ahmadi*
Department of Sociology, Faculty of Human Science, Yasouj University, Yasouj, Iran

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Women can play an important role in relieving problems in every society but this capacity has been neglected especially in developing countries. Given the intensification of the waste issue in Iran, this research aimed to investigate the effect of environmental attitude and responsibility of married women on household waste separation as a significant strategy to alleviating waste problem.


This cross-sectional survey was conducted on 562 married women in two Iranian provinces; Kohgiluye and Boyerahmad, and Fars.


Research findings using structural equation model suggested that; the environmental attitude and responsibility positively affect on HWS (R2=.66). Furthermore, HWS was significantly different in terms of demographic variables of education, age, job, city of residence, years of marriage, and number of children.


The study concluded that; by improving the married women’s environmental attitude, responsibility, education level, and employment chances, HWS as an urgent need of the country will be significantly developed.

Keywords: Household waste separation, Environmental attitude, Responsibility, Iranian married women, Urbanization, Education.