Willingness of Students and Academicians to Participate in E-waste Management Programmes—A Case Study of Bangalore

  • Khushbu K. BirawatEmail author
  • Biswajit Debnath
  • Shushmitha. L. Gowda
  • Sadhan Kumar Ghosh


The world is marching forward to embrace sustainability along with development, and the concept of circular economy has become relevant today more than ever. Electronic items have become an inseparable part of today’s lifestyle. From mining of raw materials to manufacturing of the electronic items to its sales and then to its disposal, the burden on the nature of these electronics is humongous. By reusing and recycling, we can reduce that burden to some extent. But motivation precedes action, and hence, it is essential to understand the level of awareness, understanding and willingness among the common citizens regarding e-waste, its hazards and safe disposal. Previous studies have identified that lack of awareness has been a major issue which restricts the sustainable management of e-waste in India. The purpose of this study is to understand the awareness about e-waste management in the educated mass, as well as their willingness to participate in formal e-waste management programmes. A structured questionnaire was circulated in the academic circles (random sampling) in Bangalore. The data thus obtained was analysed using qualitative software. The results thus obtained can be used by various stakeholders to design and implement plans for heightened success of the e-waste management in these urban centres.


E-waste management Circular economy SPSS Academicians Willingness to participate International Society of Waste Management, Air and Water Sustainable development 



The authors would like to acknowledge International Society of Waste Management, Air and Water (ISWMAW) for partially funding the project. The authors would also like to acknowledge support from the community of Global Academy of Technology, both in terms of providing ethical consent to move forward with the research as well as participate in the study. Additionally, the help and co-operation from the Centre for Quality Management Systems (CQMS) Jadavpur University, Kolkata; Consortium of Researchers for Environmental Protection, Sustainability and Climate Change (CREPSCC) are gratefully acknowledged.

This may be noted that all the procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with ethical standards of the institutional research and informed consent was obtained from all individual participants in the study. Authors appreciate the organisation for generous support towards the successful completion of the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Khushbu K. Birawat
    • 1
    Email author
  • Biswajit Debnath
    • 2
  • Shushmitha. L. Gowda
    • 1
  • Sadhan Kumar Ghosh
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringGlobal Academy of TechnologyBangaloreIndia
  2. 2.Department of Chemical EngineeringJadavpur UniversityKolkataIndia
  3. 3.Department of Mechanical EngineeringJadavpur UniversityKolkataIndia

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