PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN WASTE RECYCLING IN MALAYSIA

This paper presents the result of the quantitative method survey among the households in Malaysia regarding the household behavior and participation in solid waste management. The study argues that public participation in solid waste and environmental policy is important to deliver sustainability solid waste management in Malaysia. No programs or policies can be successful without the involvement of people and grass-root leaders (H. Huong, 1999). Ecological modernization theory also recognized that household behaviour and every day social practice could contribute to reduce the environmental problems (Spaargaren, 2000). Thus, this paper will examine the household behaviour and participation of solid waste and relevance of ecological modernization theory to deliver sustainability policy of solid waste management in Malaysia. The result from the survey among households in Malaysia shows less concern to contribute in recycling activities.

Keywords: Solid Waste, Household, Behaviour, Recycling, Ecological Modernization Theory

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