Study to Assess the Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Plastic Use among School students of Meerut, Uttar Pradesh

Authors

  • Varsha Chaudhary1 , Kritika Kathuria 2, Mahima Tomar2 , Maulik Jain2 , PrasiddhiVatsa2, Alka Singh 3, Sartaj Ahmad4

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijphrd.v11i11.11348

Keywords:

Plastic, Knowledge, Practise, Biodegradation

Abstract

Back ground: Plastic is everywhere in today’s lifestyle. Because of indiscriminate dumping of plastic
bags on land, toxic metals such as cadmium and lead pigments percolate into underground water. Garbage
mixed with plastic bags interferes in waste processing facilities and causes problems in landfill operations.
Disposal of plastic through recycling, burning, or land filling is a myth because it does not undergo bacterial
decomposition5. Due to non-biodegradable nature they cause hazardous negative impact on the environment.
Material & methods: The present quasi-experimental study was conducted among school going students of
of class 11th and 12th ofSatyakaam International School. Data was collected on predesigned semi structured
questionnaire which included details of socio demographic variables like age, sex, parent’s education and
other details about knowledge, practice and attitude of school going children regarding plastic use. one
week after the presentation again the knowledge of students regarding plastic was assessed on the same set
of questionnaire. Result: knowledge of chemical nature of plastic before presentation was present in 64%
students. knowledge regarding Non-biodegradable nature of plastic was present in 88% students. There was
increase of 12% in knowledge regarding side effects of plastic on environment. 89% of the students support
government on plastic ban. Conclusion: 16% samples that were unaware of the hazards of plastic use
needed to be educated about them through means like pamphlets, health talks, advertisements and awareness
programs.

Author Biography

Varsha Chaudhary1 , Kritika Kathuria 2, Mahima Tomar2 , Maulik Jain2 , PrasiddhiVatsa2, Alka Singh 3, Sartaj Ahmad4

1
Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Subharti Medical College, Meerut, 2Students of MBBS 2016 IIIrd
year, Subharti Medical College, Meerut, 3JR I, Department of Community Medicine, Subharti Medical College,
Meerut, 4Asssocaite Professor , Medical Sociology, Department of Community Medicine, Subharti Medical
College, Meerut

Published

2020-10-21

How to Cite

Varsha Chaudhary1 , Kritika Kathuria 2, Mahima Tomar2 , Maulik Jain2 , PrasiddhiVatsa2, Alka Singh 3, Sartaj Ahmad4. (2020). Study to Assess the Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Plastic Use among School students of Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development, 11(11), 62-68. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijphrd.v11i11.11348