Document Type : Research Paper


1 Department of Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Ho Technical University, P. O. Box HP 217, Ho-Ghana.

2 Department of Computer Science, Ho Technical University, P. O. Box HP 217, Ho-Ghana.


Ghana is currently grappling with a formidable electronic waste (e-waste) challenge that poses significant threats to both the ecosystem and human well-being. This study delves into the e-waste management and recycling practices within a crucial sector of the industry, aiming to shed light on the issue and formulate comprehensive strategies for policy implementation and recycling initiatives in the Ho municipality, the regional hub of the Volta region, as well as in Ghana as a whole. Between March and May of 2022, a meticulous sampling process identified 150 electronic service technicians for participation. The data gathered was processed and analyzed using SPSS v16. The analytical techniques employed included one sample T-test, Likert scale assessments, and binary logistic regression. The results unveiled a significant gap in knowledge among repairers regarding government laws and e-waste disposal protocols. Qualifications emerged as a noteworthy factor influencing awareness levels (5.066, 95% CI: 1.098–3.860, p = 0.024, <0.05). While respondents generally acknowledged the environmental impact of e-waste, they exhibited limited awareness concerning the hazardous substances contained within it. Notably, two predominant e-waste management strategies surfaced: storage and eventual sale to scrap dealers. Regarding recycling methodologies, a majority (52%) expressed a preference for a nominal fee-based approach. These gaps highlight the need for stakeholders to publicize appropriate methods to recycle e-waste and the associated legal framework across all members of the Ghana Electronic Service Technicians' Association (GESTA) social media platforms in conjunction with local government assemblies to reshape repairers' perceptions of e-waste and increase environmental awareness, aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


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