Analysis of Households’ E-Waste Awareness, Disposal Behavior, and Estimation of Potential Waste Mobile Phones towards an Effective E-Waste Management System in Dubai

Yousra Attia, Prashant Kumar Soori, Fadi Ghaith

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Abstract

During the recent decades, the world has seen ongoing economic and technological development which resulted in the generation of huge volumes of electrical and electronic waste (e-waste). In the Middle East, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ranks among countries with large e-waste generation due to its consumers’ high spending on electronic devices thereby resulting in a high obsolescence rate in the country. Accordingly, this study aims to analyze the e-waste management and recycling practices in the UAE. It takes Dubai as a case study and conducts a structured questionnaire to analyze households’ awareness, consumption of electronic devices in general and mobile phones in particular, and the disposal behavior of e-waste. Waste mobile phones is taken as a key representative in this study, in which potential waste mobile phones is estimated using the Approximation 1 method in the period 2021–2030. Results from the survey illustrated gaps among households’ awareness and disposal behavior of e-waste, where e-waste recycling rates were noticed to be low. Based on these gaps, strategies were proposed for an effective e-waste management system in the context of Dubai, and were supported by the proposal of an e-waste legislation framework in the UAE.
Original languageEnglish
Article number236
JournalToxics
Volume9
Issue number10
Early online date25 Sep 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021

Keywords

  • Dubai-UAE
  • E-waste
  • E-waste management system
  • Households
  • Questionnaire survey
  • Waste mobile phones

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
  • Toxicology
  • Chemical Health and Safety

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