This study examines the e-waste stream in urban Arusha, answer the questions of where electronics go, how people usually dispose of them, if people are aware of the impacts of e-waste, and what next steps are necessary. The study took place in November 2019 in urban Arusha, Tanzania. Through snowball and convenience sampling in 4 quotas (community members, electricians, business members, and a policy maker), the study finds that there is no place for the proper disposal of e-waste in Arusha. Many electronics are disposed of improperly by being put into the landfill or burned. Most participants were unaware of the severity of hazards from e-waste but supported the idea of a facility for its proper disposal if there is financial compensation for bringing devices there. The study concludes that there are gaps in the e-waste stream in Arusha that must be unveiled for the issue to be addressed properly. The study recommends immediate action to raise awareness with education, establish proper facilities for e-waste disposal, and implement policies that prevent the public health hazards posed by e-waste.
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McKenzie, Melanie, "E-Waste Shouldn’t Be Waste: A Study on the Practices, Perceptions, and Policies on E-Waste in Urban Arusha, Tanzania" (2019). Independent Study Project (ISP) Collection. 3143.
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