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Barriers to practice of non-hazardous solid waste minimization by industries in Malaysia


Mallak, Shadi Kafi and Ishak, Mohd Bakri and Mohamed, Ahmad Fariz and Abdullah, Sabrina (2014) Barriers to practice of non-hazardous solid waste minimization by industries in Malaysia. Journal of Management and Sustainability, 4 (1). pp. 154-162. ISSN 1925-4725; ESSN: 1925-4733


The practice of waste minimization plays a significant role in sustainable development as the most acceptable method in the waste management hierarchy. This paper is a case study research on industrial non-hazardous wastes generated from different industrial activities in one of the major Malaysian industrial areas. This study is aimed at identifying the barriers of waste minimization practices in Malaysian industries. The combination of quantitative and qualitative methods were applied in the study through the use of a structured questionnaire prepared on Likert scale and semi-structured interviews with respondents across thirty (30) factories. Data collected through the questionnaire was analyzed using software and severity index tool. Findings reveal the barriers faced in practicing waste minimization by industries include the lack of time for separation of waste, absence of guidelines, regulations and limited accurate knowledge with severity index range of 62.5<=SI< 87.5, which were considered to be serious issues. Through the application of suitable educational and awareness programs for industrial stakeholders, an effective waste minimization practice can be achieved.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Environmental Studies
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.5539/jms.v4n1p154
Publisher: Canadian Center of Science and Education
Keywords: Industrial solid wastes; Waste minimization; Barriers; Severity index
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 31 May 2015 03:25
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2015 04:39
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/36621
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