Waste generation and students’ perception on waste separation program at cafeterias UKM Bangi campus

Noor Ezlin Ahmad Basri, Siti Fatin Abd Ghani, Shahrom Md Zain, Tiew Kian Ghee

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Increasing amount of solid waste is one of the most crucial environmental problems in Malaysia. Lack of segregation from the sources, lack of awareness and knowledge on proper waste management have only worsened the problem. The objectives of this study are to analyse the amount of solid waste generation from cafeterias at UKM, and further assessing the students’ perception on the importance and constraints for waste separation after having meals at the cafeterias. There were two methods used in this study which were done through sampling and weighing of solid waste generated and using questionnaires distributed to the UKM students. Sampling and weighing of waste generated at cafeterias was done in two phases: a trial phase and evaluation phase. The trial phase was waste collection from ten cafeterias for problems identification at initial stage for waste sampling, while the evaluation phase concentrated at three cafeterias only. During the trial phase, results showed that the total food waste generated in a month were 689.7 kg and 101.6 kg for recyclable items generated by 11,288 numbers of students. For evaluation phase, food waste generated were 918.4 kg and 45.8 kg for recyclable items for a study period of a month by 2,487 numbers of students. Analysis of the questionnaires showed that 76% of students knew the importance of waste segregation, while 48% of students said their awareness had increase through the awareness campaigns that were being held around UKM campus. Among the constraints faced by the students were lack of facilities for waste separation bins and minimum practice on the food separation in everyday life. Based on this study, a proper waste management can be introduced to treat solid waste generated at the campus more efficiently.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-90
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Engineering Science and Technology
Volume12
Issue numberSpecial Issue 12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

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Keywords

  • Environmental behaviour
  • Food waste
  • Recyclable items
  • Waste generation
  • Waste separation

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  • Engineering(all)

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Waste generation and students’ perception on waste separation program at cafeterias UKM Bangi campus. / Ahmad Basri, Noor Ezlin; Ghani, Siti Fatin Abd; Md Zain, Shahrom; Ghee, Tiew Kian.

In: Journal of Engineering Science and Technology, Vol. 12, No. Special Issue 12, 01.01.2017, p. 80-90.

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