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Analyzing the challenges of e-waste management practices in India during COVID-19

Vibha Trivedi (Jindal Global Business School, O. P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, India)
Krishan Kumar Pandey (Jindal Global Business School, O. P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, India)
Ashish Trivedi (Jindal Global Business School, O. P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, India)

Management of Environmental Quality

ISSN: 1477-7835

Article publication date: 20 May 2022

Issue publication date: 26 September 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper is aimed at analyzing the inter-contextual relationships among the factors that led to inadequate management of electronic and electrical waste (WEEE) during COVID-19 using a subjective perspective.

Design/methodology/approach

Grey sets and a Decision-Making Trial and Evaluation Laboratory (DEMATEL)-based approach has been employed to identify the causal association of intertwined WEEE management barriers.

Findings

Results reveal the lack of implementation of the legislative framework, extended producer responsibility and lesser corporate initiatives are some of the most challenging WEEE management challenges during the current pandemic.

Practical implications

The findings of the study would enable stakeholders of WEEE management toward building resilient policies and effective implementation plans during as well as post-crisis situations.

Originality/value

COVID-19 led challenges related to healthcare waste have attracted a significant amount of scholarly attention, but there has been lesser attention toward e-waste management challenges during the pandemic. Negligence toward e-waste management can pose threats to the environment as well as human well-being.

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Citation

Trivedi, V., Pandey, K.K. and Trivedi, A. (2022), "Analyzing the challenges of e-waste management practices in India during COVID-19", Management of Environmental Quality, Vol. 33 No. 6, pp. 1611-1628. https://doi.org/10.1108/MEQ-12-2021-0273

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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