A Simulation of Householders' Recycling Attitudes Based on the Theory of Planned Behavior

Andrea Ceschi*, Ksenia Dorofeeva, Riccardo Sartori, Stephan Dickert, Andrea Scalco

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What would induce householders to recycle their waste in a practicable way? This paper investigates the determinants of recycling behavior through the development of an Agent-Based Model (ABM) simulation. Specifically, this contribution examines the effectiveness of a simulation based on different recycling behaviors to better understand the phenomenon. The perspective used takes into consideration the recycling attitude and the sensitivity to social norms based on the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) to predict recycling outcomes. As a whole, this paper highlights the dominance of dynamics and interacting aspects of waste management for the formulation of effective recycling public policies based on behavioral aspects. In addition, it illustrates how it is possible to use such empirical models as the Structural Equation Models (SEM) as a starting point for developing ABM simulations that are closer to both theory and reality.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTrends in Practical Applications of Agents, Multi-Agent Systems and Sustainability
Subtitle of host publicationThe PAAMS Collection
EditorsJavier Bajo, Josefa Z. Hernandez, Philippe Mathieu, Andrew Campbell, Antonio Fernández-Caballero, María N. Moreno, Vicente Julián, Amparo Alonso-Betanzos, María Dolores Jiménez-López, Vicente Botti
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9783319196299
ISBN (Print)9783319196282
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event13th International Conference on Practical Applications of Agents, Multi-Agent Systems, and Sustainability (PAAMS) - Salamanca, Spain
Duration: 3 Jun 20155 Jun 2015

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
ISSN (Print)2194-5357
ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365


Conference13th International Conference on Practical Applications of Agents, Multi-Agent Systems, and Sustainability (PAAMS)


  • Waste management
  • Agent-Based Model
  • Structural Equation Models
  • Theory of Planned Behavior

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