Design analysis: Understanding e-waste recycling by generation Y

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Zhang, Xiao, & Wakkary, Ron. (2011). Design analysis: Understanding e-waste recycling by generation Y. Proceedings of the 2011 Conference on Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces (DPPI '11), 6:1-6:8. doi:10.1145/2347504.2347511

Date created: 
2011
Keywords: 
E-waste
Recycling
Recycling behaviour
Recycling action
Attitude
Design
Abstract: 

This paper aims to understand e-waste recycling behavior of Generation Y. It presents a pilot study that explores this generation’s e-waste recycling practices, their attitudes towards ewaste recycling, and the barriers to e-waste recycling. The findings reveal the complexity of the actual e-waste recycling behavior, many participants in this study hold a positive attitude towards e-waste recycling, yet there is a shortage of convenient recycling options and e-waste recycling information. Based on the Motivation-Opportunity-Abilities model, this paper also uncovers the decision-making process involved in each recycling action. We use these findings to present a preliminary analysis of design implications to provoke design ideas and services that support ewaste recycling, and discuss our further research direction.

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English
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Article
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