Quality of Life and Recycling Behaviour in High-Rise Buildings: A Case in Hong Kong

Kin Wai Michael Siu, Jia Xin Xiao

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Many researchers, environmentalists and economists have made tremendous efforts to enable polices and measures for waste recycling, to improve the quality of the public living environment and to achieve a better quality of everyday life. This study examined the quality of life (QOL) in high-rise buildings in relation to sustainability. It investigated household recycling behaviour and explored the QOL factors that affect such behaviour. Two models based on different types of recycling behaviour were estimated: 1) a model for the use of public recycling facilities (UPRF) and 2) a model for the use of private recycling sectors (UPRS). Data were collected through a survey of 505 residents in two old districts of Hong Kong. The assessment of QOL included consideration for the physical settings, the socio-demographic variables and the respondents’ attitudes on recycling and living environments. The research methods involved questionnaires and interviews. Correlations and multiple regression analyses were conducted to interpret the data collected through the questionnaires. The findings indicated that UPRF can be significantly predicted by physical settings and by satisfaction with the location of facilities, with the residents’ participation and with the quality of the neighbourhood and accommodation. UPRS can be significantly predicted by housing type, income and the availability of private recycling sectors. These findings also indicate some directions for researchers and policymakers to consider. These directions concern how environments and public facilities should be designed to encourage sustainable behaviour and enable a better QOL without compromising environmental sustainability.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1137-1154
Number of pages18
JournalApplied Research in Quality of Life
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016


  • High-rise buildings
  • Living environments
  • Public design
  • Quality of life
  • Recycling
  • Sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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