The New Landscape

WASTE DISPOSAL AWARENESS AMONG THE RESIDENTS OF BARANGAY PUNTA TAYTAY

Author: 

Lucy B. Gaylan, Raul C. Alvarez, Jr.

Date Published: 

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 10:15

The study with 304 respondents using a questionnaire on identification; segregation; disposal; and effects of waste was conducted to quantify the waste disposal awareness among the residents of Barangay Punta Taytay in the aim of formulating additional approaches to increase awareness. Results show that 18.75% ofthe residents were (15 to 20 years old) and 81.25% were 21 and above; predominantly female with 55.92% and 56.58% were married. Most of them were high school graduates 42.43%.

The residents manifest that they have knowledge about waste materials (99.67%); able to identify waste and consider themselves as environmentally conscious persons (99.34%); 98.03% segregate and 96.05% have segregate cans that separates biodegradable from non-biodegradable materials. Findings also indicated that the residents always dispose waste materials properly and are always aware of the harmful effects of waste materials.

Common health related problems which arise due to improper waste disposal areas follows; (1) fever, (2) cough, (3) headache, (4) diarrhea, (5) asthma, (6) dengue,and (7) skin problems. There was significant relationship between the waste disposal awareness and the profile of the residents.

It was recommended that ordinances, forum and campaign on waste disposal management be properly implemented by the Brgy. Council, and the LGUs and for VMA provide more avenues to educate the community.

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