Electronic waste generation level and characteristics in the City of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
by Abenezer Wakuma Kitila; Solomon Mulugeta Woldemikael
International Journal of Environmental Engineering (IJEE), Vol. 10, No. 2, 2019

Abstract: This study examined the e-waste generation level and characteristics in the city of Addis Ababa the case of households, educational institutions, and government sector offices. The findings revealed that the households have generated substantial number of e-waste (non-functional = 4,010, obsolete = 2,077, and broken = 1,856). Similarly, the educational institutions and government sector offices generated about 11,153 non-functional, 15,911 obsolete, and 11,360 broken e-waste. The study found that household income has significantly affected the e-waste generation level while the family size, gender, and education level were insignificant. It appears that the changes in the lifestyle escorted by scale economies, a switch to modern technology, and rapid obsolescence rate considerably encourages the recurring purchase of electronic equipment. The study has identified electronic equipment with a longer and shorter lifespan. The prolonged storing of e-waste is caused by lack of e-waste policy, absence of proper management methods, and the absence of recycling centres in the city.

Online publication date: Tue, 17-Sep-2019

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