ASSESMENT ON E-WASTE MANAGEMENT AWARENESS AMONG YOUNG ADULTS IN MALAYSIA
This study assessed the e-waste management awareness and practice among young adults. The increase level of discarded electrical and electronic equipment (e-waste) generated worldwide is an environmental issue that need to be tackled with young adults considered to play important roles as they are among the highest consumer for electrical and electronic equipment. The study was conducted via survey on 351 respondents around Malaysia age between 15-30 years old. The questionnaire consisted of five parts, which are; (1) demographic, (2) awareness of consequences, (3) ascription of responsibility, (4) perceived behavioural control and (5) information publicity. The result demonstrated a high level of awareness (91%) but lack of responsibility (as low as 52%) and positive behaviour (as low as 38%) towards e-waste management with only 40% agreed that the information on e-waste management is easily available. Improving the accessibility of e-waste recycling along with the increase of publicity, are the way forward to educate young adults and culturing e-waste recycling habit among public; in order to address e-waste management for sustainable environment.