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The influence of collection facility attributes on household collection rates of electronic waste: The case of televisions and computer monitors

TitleThe influence of collection facility attributes on household collection rates of electronic waste: The case of televisions and computer monitors
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsBouvier R, Wagner T
Journal TitleResources, Conservation and Recycling
Volume55
Pages1051 - 1059
ISSN0921-3449
KeywordsCollection facilities
AbstractIn the US, household electronic waste collected for recycling is primarily by voluntary drop-off at designated collection facilities. This study examines the influence of specific collection facility attributes (recycling fees charged, number of days open, and driving distance) on the household collection rate of e-waste in the US state of Maine. Data were collected for household computer monitor and television collection for 92 municipal waste transfer facilities representing 30% of the state's population for one year. Results suggest that recycling fees are negatively correlated with the number of televisions and computer monitors collected; furthermore, the more frequently facilities were open, the more televisions and computer monitors were collected per capita. The distance from the facility had no correlation, which prompted an analysis of whether the existence of a curbside collection system in the municipality was influential. Results show a negative correlation between computer monitor and television collection and a municipality having recycling (but not e-waste) curbside collection. Based on the results of this study, policymakers may be able to increase the collection rate of household e-waste by eliminating or lowering recycling fees, expanding collection days and hours to increase convenience, and/or considering curbside collection of e-waste.
URLhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0921344911001029
DOIDOI: 10.1016/j.resconrec.2011.05.019
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