Public awareness, involvement, and practices in electronic waste management in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


  • Abenezer Wakuma Kitila Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, School of Geography and Environmental Studies, College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Haramaya University, Dire Dawa, Ethiopia
  • Solomon Mulugeta Woldemikael Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, College of Social Sciences, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia



awareness; electronic equipment; e-waste; e-waste management; ordinal regression; practices


Following the upsurge of technological developments escorted with scale economies, the electronic industry has decidedly growing and brought one of the major environmental problem known as electronic waste or e-waste. In particular, this study investigates the public awareness about e-waste and the level of engagement in e-waste management practices.  The survey covers household heads, general service department workers and higher governmental officials of Addis Ababa. The findings discovered that households’ level of awareness about e-waste and its management was much lower than the general service department personnel and higher governmental officials. Evidently, the ordinal regression outputs has revealed statistically significant results between the sub-cities as well as the educational institutions and governmental sector offices. It also appears that respondent’s educational qualifications and monthly incomes had unequivocally affects the awareness and engagement level. E-waste is considered and treated like other types of municipal solid wastes. It is ostensible that there were newly purchased electronic equipment but which are not yet serviceable due to the absence of manuals, their sizes and designs and lack of knowhow.  Therefore, in view of these veracities, the study discernibly highlighted the implications of the existing status and suggests certain recommendations to raise public awareness on e-waste.


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Author Biographies

  • Abenezer Wakuma Kitila, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, School of Geography and Environmental Studies, College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Haramaya University, Dire Dawa, Ethiopia

    Dr. Abenezer Wakuma Kitila is currently working as an Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Development Planning in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Haramaya University, Ethiopia. He has been involved in teaching and thesis supervision of both Doctoral and Masters Students. He is also serving as an Executive Editorial Board Member of UKH Journal of Social Sciences, Editorial Team of Journal of Sustainable Development, Reviewer of articles in many of the globally accredited journals and publishers. Dr. Abenezer has published more than 10 research articles in reputed journals. His research interest includes urban development planning, urban management, waste management, urban infrastructural management, housing, migration and urbanization, regional planning, public-space, and etc. He has received his PhD degree from the University of South Africa.


  • Solomon Mulugeta Woldemikael, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, College of Social Sciences, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

    Solomon Mulugeta Woldemikael is an Associate Professor of Urban and
    Regional Planning, College of Social Sciences, Addis Ababa University where
    he served in various capacities including as the Chair of the Department of
    Geography and Environmental Studies, Dean of the College of Social Sciences,
    member of editorial boards of the Journal of Ethiopian Studiesand the
    Ethiopian Journal of Education. Additionally, he participated in the drafting of
    the national urban development policy of Ethiopia and various official reports
    on the Millennium Development Goals and Informal Settlements in Addis
    Ababa. He holds a PhD in Urban Planning and Policy Development from
    Rutgers, New Jersey.


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Public awareness, involvement, and practices in electronic waste management in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (2020). UKH Journal of Social Sciences, 4(1), 21-36.