Journal of Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences




People have always struggled to find a lasting solution to the persistent problem of the management and segregation of waste. The amount and variety of waste produced globally has grown exponentially with the ongoing rise in human population. As a result, there have been several studies conducted in this field, some of which have been supported by private organizations, NGOs, and governments. To protect the environment while progressively achieving global sustainable development, Pro-Environmental Behavior (PEB) has been advocated as a universal endeavor for each individual. In affluent nations like the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and France, there is a lot of research on PEB. There is, however, a dearth of research on PEB in developing nations, the majority of which are found in Africa, where poor management and segregation of waste is a major problem.

Our goal with this study was to better understand how students at the University of Health and Allied Sciences in Ghana, a developing country, acquire and share knowledge on management and segregation of waste. Our study would provide further details on the main channels by which the student body communicates information about the environment. A chi-square analysis was done to ascertain the association among gender, academic level, and the students’ garbage sorting. Ultimately, we investigated how students’ attitudes or behaviors change after receiving thorough instruction on the significance of acting in an environmentally friendly manner. The following conclusions were drawn from the study: The association between a student’s characteristics, such as gender and academic level, and their propensity to act in an environmentally friendly manner appears to be weak or even nonexistent. Also, a subsequent examination on students’ garbage-sorting behaviors in relation to their academic level produced outcomes that were comparable to those of gender. The benefit of practicing PEB has been made clear to pupils, and we determined that they were ready to accept these standards after receiving this information.