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Making Wealth from Electronic Waste in the Wa Municipality

Abstract

Literature points out that electronic waste management, though budding and unsystematic, in some localities portend major economic gyrate for the youth and contributes enormously in sustaining family livelihoods. The study was to assess the economic benefits of mining outdated electronic materials in Wa Municipal. Qualitative research design was adopted using non-probability samplings such as snowball and accidental sampling techniques of which 35 repairers, scrap dealers and waste collectors were selected for the study, and 5 purposive expert interviews. The findings confirmed huge economic potentials including sources of income, employment for the youth, revenue to municipal authorities and raw materials for other economic purposes. The study therefore recommends formalization, proper coordination and regulation of activities of workers engaged in electronic waste management to boost the financial fortunes of the entire country.