Over 80 per cent of the respondents were aware of the problem of e-waste, and most respondents either repaired or reused electronic goods. Very few respondents disposed electronic goods along with household garbage. Around 86 per cent respondents felt that polythene bags should be banned.
The survey had a sample of 11,214 citizens spread across the selected urban agglomerates of India. It was conducted between December 2013 and February 2014, through face-to-face interviews in each city using a standardized questionnaire. About 43 per cent of the respondents came from low income localities, 24 per cent from middle income localities and 33 per cent from high income localities. The distribution of respondents according to their educational qualification shows that 32 per cent of the respondents had studied up to higher secondary and diploma, followed by 31 per cent in the category of under graduation and above. Around 23 per cent of the respondents had studied up to middle and secondary education and the remaining 14 per cent only up to primary school.
The perceived change in the state of the environment over the last five years is as follows:
- About 90 per cent felt that climate change was a reality
- Over 80 per cent said that average temperatures had risen
- More than 30 per cent said government should prioritize environment over development
- Over 70 per cent of the respondents were aware of water being subsidized.
- Around 86 per cent respondents felt that polythene bags should be banned.
- More than 50 per cent of respondents were not willing to segregate their waste
- Almost 90 per cent felt that improper waste management imposed ‘severe’ to moderate health hazards.
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