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Appraisal of Households’ Knowledge and Perception towards E-Waste Management in Limpopo Province, South Africa

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Department of Environmental and Occupational Studies, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town 8000, South Africa
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Department of Geography and Geo-Information Sciences, School of Environmental Sciences, University of Venda, Thohoyandou 0950, South Africa
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Academic Editor: Akira Otsuki
Received: 14 March 2021 / Revised: 10 April 2021 / Accepted: 24 April 2021 / Published: 11 June 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Feature Papers in Recycling 2021)
The generation of electronic waste (e-waste) is increasing at an alarming rate in South Africa. This waste stream is also emanating from household appliances due to beneficial attributes accrued to the use of these electronic devices. At the same time, these devices are a source of concern considering the environmental impacts as well the threat of health hazards they possess to human wellbeing. In appraising household knowledge and perception on e-waste management in Limpopo Province of South Africa, 200 semi-structured, self-administered questionnaires were used in eliciting data from the participants. The results indicated that 76% of the respondents believed that e-waste streams have negatively affected their environment. Additionally, 85% of the survey households are willing to pay for the proper disposal of their e-waste. Furthermore, the results indicated a statistically significance between gender and knowledge on e-waste management (p-value 0.003) while there was no statistically significant difference between gender and perception (p-value 0.318) on e-waste management. Based on the results, the study recommends awareness and educational campaigns as a step in changing the perception of households on e-waste and environmental consciousness. View Full-Text
Keywords: e-waste; environmental problems; households; South Africa; waste disposal; waste management e-waste; environmental problems; households; South Africa; waste disposal; waste management
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Uhunamure, S.E.; Nethengwe, N.S.; Shale, K.; Mudau, V.; Mokgoebo, M. Appraisal of Households’ Knowledge and Perception towards E-Waste Management in Limpopo Province, South Africa. Recycling 2021, 6, 39. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/recycling6020039

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Uhunamure SE, Nethengwe NS, Shale K, Mudau V, Mokgoebo M. Appraisal of Households’ Knowledge and Perception towards E-Waste Management in Limpopo Province, South Africa. Recycling. 2021; 6(2):39. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/recycling6020039

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Uhunamure, Solomon E., Nthaduleni S. Nethengwe, Karabo Shale, Virginia Mudau, and Matjutla Mokgoebo. 2021. "Appraisal of Households’ Knowledge and Perception towards E-Waste Management in Limpopo Province, South Africa" Recycling 6, no. 2: 39. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/recycling6020039

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