Author(s): S. M. Kamaruddin1 & D. B. Omar2
This study highlights the perceptions of waste administrators regarding their
main roles and responsibilities, efforts in promoting recycling or waste
minimisation and awareness to the problems or constraints they face.
waste administrators are actors in a waste management system and are often
involved in initiating community activities, making decision and implementing
policies, which should benefit the communities and the environment.
to facilitate recycling campaigns in the hope that this will increase awareness and
prompt the public to practice sustainable waste management behaviour.
However, studies conducted in Malaysia reveal that there is still low public
participation in recycling, indifference of the public towards waste minimisation
effort and no clear guidelines on effective ways for administrators to conduct
effective people based approaches.
The lack of enforcements for recycling is also
perceived to contribute to the lack of participation from the public.
study finds that the administrators are more enthusiastic about school
communities participating in recycling programmes as compared to recycling
activities run by other volunteers in the community.
Administrators perceive that
recycling effort should be the responsibility of each individual but the lack of
commitment from the public in general to participate, misuse of recycling
infrastructure, financial constraints and the absence of proper guidelines hamper
many programmes sustainability.
Generally, their main concern is to ensure
waste is collected and the works monitored while communities should champion
these activities with minimal interventions from the authority.
waste administrators, recycling, waste minimisation, public
participation, financial constraints.
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Paper DOI: 10.2495/RAV110171
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This paper can be found in the following bookManagement of Natural Resources, Sustainable Development and Ecological Hazards IIIBuy