Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 25, Issue 11, pp 11163–11172 | Cite as

Assessing resident awareness on e-waste management in Bangalore, India: a preliminary case study

  • Abhishek Kumar Awasthi
  • Jinhui Li
Short Research and Discussion Article


The generation of e-waste has increased significantly in India, and the informal recycling of e-waste has adverse effects on environment and public health. In this article, the E-waste management is evaluated in accordance from the resident’s awareness perspective in Bangalore city, India. The survey data revealed that about 58% male and 42% female responded and 35% of the participants belong to age range between 18 and 25 years. About 60% of respondent’s education level was either graduate or post graduate, 27% high school to higher school, 10% higher educated (> post graduate), and 3% primary to middle. Only 30% of the respondents were confident with e-waste rules and regulation, while 39% of the respondents were of very little information. Indian e-waste management has been improving for the last few years and it continues to develop. Therefore, the findings can be valuable for better understanding the resident’s awareness for e-waste management and also need to promote the environmentally sound management of e-waste in Bangalore, India.


E-waste Environmental awareness Resident Informal sector India 



We are thankful to Prof. Sadhan Kumar Ghosh, Coordinator, Centre for Quality Management System, and, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India, for the kind invitation for short research as well as to participate in the 5th International Conference on Solid Waste Management, 2015, at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India.

Funding information

The work was financially supported by the National Key Technologies R&D Program (2014BAC03B04) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (71373141).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EnvironmentTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.Key Laboratory for Solid Waste Management and Environment SafetyTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina

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