Title: Towards a model for effective e-waste management: a study of the software industry in India

Authors: Rajeev Srivastava; Tarun Dhingra

Addresses: Decision Sciences Department, Petroleum University Dehradun, Kandoli Campus, India ' School of Business, Petroleum University Dehradun, Kandoli Campus, India

Abstract: In last few years tremendous growth in information technology results a new kind of waste known as e-waste. This growing volume of e-waste is harmful for human health and environment and lead to resource depletion. So, it's important to manage this e-waste effectively. In this study the variables responsible for the growing volume of e-waste identified and to arrive at a research model for effective e-waste management. A total of 200 software developers participated in the survey. A multiple regression analysis was employed and the, 'collection and recycling' appeared as the best predictor, followed by 'awareness' and 'regulations'. Which shows that through proper collection and recycling of e-waste and awareness about the hazardous nature and proper implementation of regulations related to e-waste management need to be done effectively. The policy implication is that policy makers of software industry can use so developed model for developing policies related to e-waste management.

Keywords: recycling; e-waste; reuse; collection; software industry; waste electrical and electronic equipment; WEEE; India.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEWM.2021.111905

International Journal of Environment and Waste Management, 2021 Vol.27 No.1, pp.61 - 78

Received: 17 Sep 2018
Accepted: 04 Jun 2019

Published online: 21 Dec 2020 *

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