Household Awareness on Recycling and composting waste in Selayang, Selangor, Malaysia
Sharmila Kumari Kumarana, Subashiny Muthusamya, Narayannan Kannanb ,*
a MCs, Department of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Environmental Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
b MD, Smart Green Consultancy Sdn Bhd, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
A B S T R A C T
Failure of proper household waste management causally linked to public attitudes and behaviors. The main objectives of this study are to analyze the awareness level of households and their perception towards recycling and composting waste. Four hundred seven respondents from Selayang, Malaysia, have participated in this questionnaire, revealing their demographic details, self-measured level of awareness, and their perception of recycling and composting. The collected data were analyzed using descriptive analysis and Pearson correlation in SPSS software. The results showed that young, less educated Malay males have a higher awareness levels on recycling, while young, higher educated single- and lower-income people have higher awareness levels in composting. The overall result shows that the awareness level and knowledge on recycling and composting are high among Selayang area residents. The awareness level and knowledge could be effectively applied in programs aiming at behavioral modification and attitude change in communities towards waste management.
Volume 5, Issue 5 (June-July. 2021)
Accepted 22 August 2021