Perception on recycling issues between general public and other stakeholders in Malaysia

Fauziah, Shahul Hamid and Agamuthu, Pariatamby (2011) Perception on recycling issues between general public and other stakeholders in Malaysia. In: International Solid Waste Association Congress, 17 Oct 2011, Daegu, Korea.

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Reduce, Reuse and Recycling or 3Rs practice has been identified as a strategy to improve waste management practices in moving towards sustainable development. Thus, participation from various parties namely the stakeholders and public is very crucial in ensuring the success of the 3R strategies. This paper will analyze the perception of the general public and the relevant stakeholders in Malaysia with regards to 3Rs namely recycling issues. The perception between these two parties will be scrutinized to determine the factors causing such responses. Perceptions from the general public were obtained via public survey involving 655 respondents randomly selected in the Klang Valley. The survey consisted of 30 questions related to 3R issues in Malaysia. On the other hand, relevant stakeholders’ perception was obtained via a focus-group-discussion where similar question for public survey, were given. Results indicated that the general public (31%) has much lower awareness and knowledge on 3Rs issues pertaining to the recently passed laws and regulations in Malaysia than that of the relevant stakeholders (72%). As for the potential improvement in 3Rs resulting from the implementation of the newly passed regulation, both parties are optimistic that future waste management system will see that 22% recycling rates by 2020 is achievable. As for source separation of MSW, the general public has higher perception (64%) as compared to that of the relevant stakeholders (56%). This was probably due to the fact that stakeholders might foresee some obstacles before source separation can successfully be implemented. It can be concluded that perceptions of the general public and the relevant stakeholders are very different in some aspect while similar responses were obtained for other aspects of 3Rs practices. Therefore, it is necessary that the existing gaps (between policy and implementation) are analyzed as a measure to identify the weakness in the implementation of 3Rs practices in Malaysia.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Institute of Biological Sciences
Depositing User: Mr. Mohd Samsul Ismail
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2015 00:56
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2019 06:25

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