Assessing young consumers’ awareness and participation in sustainable e-waste management practices: a survey study in Northwest China

  • Sidra Ramzan
  • ChenGuang LiuEmail author
  • Hina Munir
  • Yan Xu
Short Research and Discussion Article


The massive generation of electronic waste (e-waste) and the informal recycling of e-waste are serious concerns in China. As a hazardous waste stream, e-waste calls for sustainable management practices to avoid adverse effects on environment and health. However, consumers’ awareness and active participation are needed to make e-waste management successful. Therefore, this study is an exploratory attempt to investigate young consumer awareness, knowledge, and participation in sustainable e-waste management practices. Meanwhile, the study reviews the current situation of e-waste recycling, its related legislative framework, and practices in China. The survey revealed that the respondents have keen environmental consciousness, while they have low awareness about e-waste-related rules and regulations, recycling programs, and the formal and informal recycling sector. The findings provide valuable insights for practitioners in order to promote environmental awareness and sustainable e-waste management practices among young consumers in China.


E-waste management Environmental awareness Sustainable practices Informal recycling China 



This research is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos.: 71671139, 71371153, 71601155), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (Grant No.: 3102018jcc010) and the Natural Science Basic Research Plan in Shaanxi Province of China under (Grant No.: 2017JQ7001).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sidra Ramzan
    • 1
  • ChenGuang Liu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Hina Munir
    • 1
  • Yan Xu
    • 1
  1. 1.School of ManagementNorthwestern Polytechnical UniversityXi’anChina

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