Ambily V Vijayakumar
Abstract: BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY, Plastic changes the world weight less and strong. It is more useful one even we can‟t live without touching a plastic object in a single day. The development of science contributes lot of advantages as well as disadvantages. But the harmful effect of plastic is un imaginable. Its waste will destroy the whole world very soon if we are not taking any control measure. Most of the time unawareness is the cause of throwing plastic in open places. The people don‟t know the seriousness. Especially rural people are not getting adequate education regarding such pollutant. Plastic directly cause illness to human being and animals. Its deposition in soil leads to decrease productivity of crops and cause natural calamities like flood, soil erosion etc. While eating plastic deposited in the stomach and intestine of birds and animals. It destroy marine life as well. Proving some information to the public regarding the harmful effect of plastic waste will help the environment by means of reduce, reuse, recycle method. METHODOLOGY, one group pre-test post-test research design was used for this study, The samples of the study are Rural Population selected areas at Rajkot., The sample size of the study will be 40 living in rural areas of Rajkot, Non probability convenience sampling technique was used for the study.FINAL RESULT AND CONCLUSION, During Pre-test 15 (37.5 %) were having moderate level of knowledge on health hazards of plastic waste and 25 (62.5 %) were having inadequate level of knowledge and no one have adequate knowledge. After providing information booklet 11 (27.5 %) got adequate knowledge, 29 (72.5 %) got moderate level of knowledge and no one was under inadequate level of knowledge. the pre-test mean is 10.08 and post- test mean 15.90, the mean difference is 5.82 and the Standard deviation pre-test 3.73 and post-test 1.86, obtained t value is 10.072** with degree of freedom 39 (p=1.685) highly significant at 0.05 level of significance.
Keywords: Assess, Effectiveness, Information booklet, Knowledge, Health hazards, Plastic waste, Rural population