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Household recycling behaviour and attitudes towards the disposal of small electrical and electronic equipment

TitleHousehold recycling behaviour and attitudes towards the disposal of small electrical and electronic equipment
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsDarby L, Obara L
Journal TitleResources Conservation And Recycling
Volume44
Pages17-35
Accession NumberISI:000228438700002
Keywordsattitudes, Collection, electronic equipment, england, household recycling behaviour, small waste electrical and, uk, waste
AbstractWaste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is recognised as the fastest growing waste stream in the European Union (EU), with estimates of up to 20 kg per person per annum. A wide variety of WEEE is discarded by consumers, often in different ways depending on size with small items (e.g. toasters) being easier to dispose of than larger ones (e.g. washing machines). Currently, small WEEE is not treated as a priority waste stream in the UK as in order to meet targets under the WEEE Directive 2 (CEC, 2003c) it makes more sense to focus on larger items for which collection, reuse and recycling systems already exist, but small items need to be tackled for a number of reasons, including the long term strategic development of infrastructure. In light of this, the paper will assess consumer attitudes towards the disposal of small WEEE, and identify key problems raised by the implementation of the WEEE Directive in relation to these small product groups. The findings from a large scale postal questionnaire, and semi-structured interviews conducted in Cardiff, Wales will be used, and key literature and research carried out to date on the disposal of WEEE, and household attitudes to waste and recycling will be assessed. It will also look at how the implementation of the WEEE Directive 'fits in' with the current transition in the UK towards more sustainable waste management practices at the household level, and then explore the most effective ways of engaging householders in the recycling of small WEEE. Key recommendations will then be outlined concerning the future strategic development and practical implementation of the WEEE Directive in relation to consumer involvement and small product types. (c) 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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