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PURPOSE: This study aimed to investigate the impact of establishing a closed-loop system on e-waste management.
METHOD: Two hundred eighty five valid responses were collected from shop owners and repairing specialists in the used-electronics formal markets in great Cairo area upon visits to their shops. The variables measured by the survey were the closed-loop system (CLS) and e-waste management. The CLS was constituted by four separate independent variables: Extended Producer Responsibility, Formal and Informal e-waste recycling sectors integration (FISI), Government Intervention (GI), and Consumer’s Awareness and Behavior (CAB), where e-waste management was constituted by cutting down e-waste figure and achieving sustainable development (CEFASD).
The bootstrap method available in the SmartPLS software (V3) was applied to examine the hypothesised relationships using 1000 generated subsamples. The bootstrapping procedure generates random samples of observations from the original data set by using a sampling through replacement technique.
RESULTS: EPR practices were found to have a significant positive impact on CEFASD with a path coefficient; 0.115, t = 2.253 and p = 0.024, thus the first hypothesis was supported.
It was also found that the FISI practices have a significant positive impact on CEFASD with a path coefficient; 0.502, t = 8.053 and p = 0.000, thus the second hypothesis was supported.
As for the impact of GI on CEFASD, the path coefficient was 0.228, t = 3.342 and p = 0.001, which verifies a significant positive impact between these two latent variables. Thereby the third hypothesis was supported.
Lastly, the impact of CAB on CEFASD was proved to be significantly positive, with a path coefficient = 0.101, t = 2.402 and p = 0.016. Thus, the fourth hypothesis was supported.