Analysis of household food waste reduction towards sustainable food waste management in Malaysia

Innocent A. Jereme, Chamhuri Siwar, Rawshan Ara Begum, Basri Abdul Talib, Ah Choy Er

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Food wastes generations have continued to increase in recent years in Malaysia. According to the Ministry of Housing and Local Government (MHLG), food wastes have outstripped other solid wastes generated in Malaysia, constituting more than 40 percent of the total wastes disposed in 2010. From the MHLG data, food wastes disposed from households were more than other sources. Its existence in the wastes stream can always contaminate and complicate any effort to recover and recycle other dry wastes. Furthermore, the environmental impacts are enormous, including depletion of water sources, cause climate change, and affects human health when disposed at unsanitary landfills, and as well food security. Therefore, the study aims to investigate the current status of food wastes in Malaysia towards sustainable food waste management. Purposive non-random sampling method was applied to collect primary data through structured questionnaire from 333 respondents, 257 respondents were from Selangor, a developed state, and 76 from Terengganu, an underdeveloped state. To achieve the aims and objectives of this study, a statistical analysis with Structural Equation Model (SEM) was applied. Findings showed these variables: government policies on households' food waste management, environmental knowledge, households' environmental awareness, reducing food waste generation with food waste hierarchy have significant impacts towards reduction of food waste generation to achieving sustainable food waste management at households' levels. The implication of the findings leads to the conclusion that sustainable food wastes management is not only about behavioural issues, but rather policies and regulations issues. It is suggested that government should have strong and important roles to play by formulating households' food wastes policies, and provisions of infrastructural facilities that could lead to reducing food wastes at households, and at the same time creating awareness of the negative impacts of food wastes on the natural environment and to the economy as well. This could definitely lead to change of behaviours by households towards the issues of food wastes reduction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-96
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Solid Waste Technology and Management
Volume44
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018

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Keywords

  • Behaviour
  • Food waste
  • Food waste generation
  • Households
  • Sustainable food waste management

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Analysis of household food waste reduction towards sustainable food waste management in Malaysia. / Jereme, Innocent A.; Siwar, Chamhuri; Begum, Rawshan Ara; Abdul Talib, Basri; Er, Ah Choy.

In: Journal of Solid Waste Technology and Management, Vol. 44, No. 1, 01.02.2018, p. 86-96.

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