Environmental awareness and attitudes towards solid waste management among TVET students in Malaysia

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The issue of environmental protection has gained significant global importance in this era but practices in basic concepts of waste disposal are often neglected. People around the globe are aware of the impact of improper waste disposal practices, but the negative attitude towards implementation gives rise to disorganised situations. This paper presents an overview of the awareness and attitudes of the public towards environmental issues using a 20 question survey. The objective of this research was to measure the level of environmental awareness and attitudes towards solid waste management among 248 respondents from TVET Institute, Kuala Lumpur. The results show that the percentage of pro-environmental awareness was 92.1% and was 56.4% for attitudes towards solid waste commitment. The relationship between awareness and attitude was weak at Spearman’s rho [rs = - 0.067, sig = 0.000, p > 0.05]. Students with high awareness of pro-environmental issues did not necessarily have a positive attitude. This research recommended that environmental education be considered as an independent subject in the Malaysia education system to inculcate a proper environmental culture in students. The syllabus should be more “hands-on” to promote a more consistent attitude towards protecting the environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)387-392
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Innovative Technology and Exploring Engineering
Volume8
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2019

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Keywords

  • Attitude
  • Awareness
  • Malaysia
  • Solid Waste Management
  • TVET

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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