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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 178-181

Exploring the awareness regarding e-waste and its management among electronic repair workers and scrap dealers of South Delhi, India

1 Department of Community Medicine, ESIC Medical College and Hospital, Faridabad, Haryana, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, VMMC and Safdarjung Hospital, NewDelhi, India
3 Department of Community Medicine, Ram Manohar Lohiya Hospital, NewDelhi, India
4 Department of Community Medicine, SGT University, Gurugram, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Sneha Kumari
Address-Department of Community Medicine, ESIC Medical College and Hospital, NH-3, behind BK Hospital, New Industrial Town, Faridabad-121012, Haryana
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijoem.IJOEM_48_19

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Introduction: In India, E-waste and its proper disposal is an emerging environmental and public health issue. Aim and Objectives: To assess the level of awareness regarding E-waste and its management among the electronic repair workers and scrap dealers of Delhi. Material and Methods: It was a community based, cross-sectional, descriptive study, was of one year (1st April, 2015-31st March, 2016). Electronic repair workers and scrap dealers were included after getting their written consent and selected by non-probability convenient sampling. A pre-tested, semi- structured, interviewer administered questionnaire was used. The data was entered in MS Excel and was analyzed using the SPSS version 21.0. Results: A total of 300 workers i.e. 150 electronic repair workers and 150 scrap dealers participated. Most of the electronic repair workers (57%) and scrap dealers (48%) were of 20-39 yrs old. 70% of electronic repair workers and 79% of scrap dealers had not heard about e-waste. As education among these groups increases, awareness regarding E-waste also increased and it was statistically significant. Conclusion: Adequate IEC (Information, education and communication) services focusing on health hazards of E-waste should be widely disseminated.


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