Requirement analysis to promote small-sized E-waste collection from consumers

Kuniko Mishima, Hidekazu Nishimura

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The collection and recycling of small-sized waste electrical and electronic equipment is an emerging problem, since these products contain certain amounts of critical metals and rare earths. Even if the amount is not large, having a few supply routes for such recycled resources could be a good strategy to be competitive in a world of finite resources. The small-sized e-waste sometimes contains personal information, therefore, consumers are often reluctant to put them into recycling bins. In order to promote the recycling of E-waste, collection of used products from the consumer becomes important. Effective methods involving incentives for consumers might be necessary. Without such methods, it will be difficult to achieve the critical amounts necessary for an efficient recycling system. This article focused on used mobile phones among information appliances as the first case study, since it contains relatively large amounts of valuable metals compared with other small-sized waste electrical and electronic equipment and there are a large number of products existing in the market. The article carried out surveys to determine what kind of recycled material collection services are preferred by consumers. The results clarify that incentive or reward money alone is not a driving force for recycling behaviour. The article discusses the types of effective services required to promote recycling behaviour. The article concludes that securing information, transferring data and providing proper information about resources and environment can be an effective tool to encourage a recycling behaviour strategy to promote recycling, plus the potential discount service on purchasing new products associated with the return of recycled mobile phones.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)122-128
Number of pages7
JournalWaste Management and Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Feb 1


  • Small-sized E-waste
  • conjoint analysis
  • consumers' preference
  • hibernation
  • mobile phone
  • requirement analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Pollution


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