The Determinants of Intention to Practise Solid Waste Segregation-at-Source among Selangor Households

Kai Wah Cheng, Syuhaily Osman, Zuroni Md Jusoh, Jasmine Leby Lau
Department of Resource Management & Consumer Studies, Faculty of Human Ecology, Universiti Putra Malaysia


The environment is increasingly under threat, especially when it comes to the serious problem of solid waste. It has become a challenging burden in most developing countries, including Malaysia. The aim of this research was to assess the levels of attitude, descriptive norm, injunctive norm, and intention to practise solid waste segregation-at-source, as well as to investigate their inter-relationships with the intention to practise solid waste segregation-atsource. 400 households in townships in nine districts in Selangor have been selected using a multi-stage sampling method. The present research has shown that a large group of households surveyed perceived a favourable attitude and a high level of intention to practise solid waste segregation-atsource. The results also revealed that the descriptive norm and the injunctive norm have a positive relationship with the intention to practise solid waste segregation-at-source. The research concludes with policy implications as well as recommendations for future directions of research.

Keywords: Attitude, Descriptive norm, Injunctive norm, Intention, Solid waste segregation-at-source