chapter  13
17 Pages

E-waste and sustainability in a changing environment

A Behavioural Economics approach
WithXavier Pierron

E-waste is the fastest growing waste stream due a combination of increase in electronic product shipments and stagnation of collection and recycling rates, despite having one of the most advanced Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment legislations and dynamic, open markets for second-hand products. “E-waste is a term used to cover items of all types of electrical and electronic equipment and its parts that have been discarded by the owner as waste without the intention of re-use”. E-waste is both an environmental threat and a resource access opportunity that might be underestimated, perhaps due to the inherent difficulties of collecting small e- waste and subsequently processing it to secure specific resources. Developments have indicated that models associated with emotions, feelings and desires reached higher levels of statistically explained variability than models using Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB) and environmental factors. The TPB is useful to assess intrinsic motivators that could lead to an intended behaviour.