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Identification of Public Awareness on Environmental Effects and Recycling of Waste Vegetable Oils: The Case of Malatya Province

Journal: Dogal Afetler ve Cevre Dergisi (Vol.6, No. 2)

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Page : 228-247

Keywords : Waste Vegetable Oil; Environmental Pollution; Recycling; Public Awareness; Survey; Malatya;

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There has increased in environmental pollution due to rapid population growth in the world. Environmental conscience of society can reduce environmental pollution. Conducting surveys can determine the existence of this conscience and public awareness on environmental issues. In addition, survey results guide the activities of municipalities, public institutions and non-governmental organizations that work to prevent environmental pollution. This study was conducted to determine with individuals living in Battalgazi and Yeşilyurt, which are the central districts of Malatya province, to determine their awareness on "environmental effects and recycling of waste vegetable oils". The results were evaluated by applying a questionnaire consisting of 19 questions. 150 individuals from each district and in total 300 individuals participated in the questionnaire which consisted of information about demography, environmental effects and recycling of waste vegetable oils. The study determined the public awareness on the effects of domestic waste oils on water, air and soil pollution and recycling (especially raw materials in biodiesel production). Following the survey, information has been provided about the effects of waste vegetable oils on the environment by creating awareness to eliminate these effects or minimalize them. Based on the survey results, it has been determined that: (i) frying consumption is inversely proportional to the age of the participants; (ii) even though specific questions were asked, the majority of the population have comprehensive knowledge on these specific issues; (iii) they follow internet, TV, radio, newspapers and magazines related to the subject, especially about the environmental awareness; (iv) informative activities of non-governmental organizations and municipalities are effective.

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