Perception towards E-waste management among rural and urban households
Divyashree Mohapatra, V Vijaya Lakshmi
The splurge of technology and frequent innovations in ICT sector had multiplied the obsolete electronic products due to complete or partial dependency by majority of the population. With a view to analyse awareness on e-waste, the present study was undertaken to study the impact of education on perception towards E-waste management among Rural and Urban Household Users in Hyderabad. Total samples of 120 were selected through simple random sampling method. Exploratory research design was adopted by using a structured questionnaire. The demographic profile was distributed according to the different categories given in Modified Kuppuswamy’s socio-economic status scale updated for the year 2019. The data was analysed using frequency, percentage, mean and chi-square test. The results revealed that majority of the respondents belonged to the age of 30-40 years (32.50%), male members (61.67%), were graduates (53.33%), had occupation of professionals (46.67%), income between Rs.39,033 to 78,062 (39.17%), belonged to the upper middle class (35.83%), nuclear family (67.50%) and living in own residence (69.17%). The overall mean score of perception level by the help of likert scale was found within the range of 2.53 to 3.53 values. Hence, the perception levels regarding e-waste disposal in the community was observed as medium. A positive and significant association was found between education and perception of the respondents. This implies that education leads to more perception. So, educational campaigns are needed to increase the awareness about e-waste among masses.