KNOWLEDGE LEVEL AND ATTITUDE OF MOBILE PHONE RECYCLING PRACTICE AMONG .UPM STUDENTS

On average, mobile phone users change their mobile phones every eighteen months. The management of electronic waste has become an environmental concern in many developing countries as urbanization continues to take place. As a consequence, there is an increase in the waste associated to this product, and many alternatives to the disposal of the mobile phones are being studied, such as recycling. Due to this scenario, tins study was conducted in University Putra Malaysia (UPM), Serdang, Selangor The main purpose cf this study is to measure the knowledge level and attitude of mobile phone recycling and how its influence mobile phone recycling practice among UPM students. The sample consisted of 120 undergraduates from 3 chosen Acuities in UPM which were chosen by using systematic random method. Then, respondents were randomly chosen from the 3 chosen faculties. MAT-ma-lion on knowledge level and attitude towards mobile phone recycling and also mobile phone disposal practice was collected using structured questionnaires. From this study, significant relationship was found only between gender and attitude towards mobile phone recycling (t =- 0.757, p < 0.05) where females were more likely to have positive attitude towards mobile phone recycling. But there was no significant relationship between gender and knowledge level in mobile phone recycling. Results also showed that there were no significant relationship between faculties and knowledge level in mobile phone recycling; between faculties and attitude towards mobile phone recycling; between students' knowledge level and mobile phone recycling practice; between students' attitude and mobile phone recycling practice. The collection and recycling of mobile phones is still at an early stage in Malaysia. The methods and infrastructure for collection and recycling process for mobile phone recycling have not yet been established. Government should put more effort in promoting mobile phone recycling, adding more collection points and take back centers where consumers can drop off their unwanted mobile phones. Producers, consumers, mobile telecommunication companies, and government should work together cause to succeed mobile phone recycling practice in Malaysia.

Keywords: Knowledge Level, Attitude, Recycling, Mobile Phone Waste.

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