Uchenna Patricia Ekwugha (PhD), Ekene Godfrey Okafor


Given the adverse effects of indiscriminate waste disposal and the presence of waste disposal messages on product packs, this work looked at the attention and responses of UNIZIK Undergraduate Students to proper waste disposal messages on beverage packs. While greater quantity of the wastes seems to emanate from beverages and food products, with student as predominant consumers, more worrisome is that some beverages and product packs contain messages or contents requesting the user to responsibly dispose their wastes. This is therefore the major focus of this work. The study adopted the survey method and Multi-stage random sampling to select 390 UNIZIK Undergraduate students from faculties and departments in UNIZIK via a structured questionnaire. The study revealed that the proportion of UNIZIK undergraduate students who purchase beverages are 80% (N=302) of the sample and that 95% (N=289) of them have observed or paid attention to the messages on product packs and that 86% of them (N=250) had attempted reading the content of these messages but only 80% (N=201) of them have adhered specifically to directions stipulated on nutrition information section of product packs and not essentially on the waste disposal messages. It was also found that majority of them who admitted to adhere to the messages on proper waste disposal, 70% (N=140) rarely do so, suggesting therefore that effects of such messages on users are still marginal. The study also found that majority of the respondents (74%) had reasons of being environmental health conscious and some succumbed to the reason of the messages being packaged by experts (26%) as the predominant reasons for paying attention and responding to messages on proper waste disposal on beverage packs. The study also identified some hindrances to the messages on proper waste disposal on beverage packs. These include: illegibility of text (89%); technicality of the language used (55%); regard for the messages (14%) and poor eyesight (23%).


Beverage Packs; Waste Disposal; Messages; and Students

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