Behavioral change for the circular economy: A review with focus on electronic waste management in the EU

Parajuly, Keshav, Fitzpatrick, Colin, Muldoon, Orla and Kuehr, Ruediger, (2020). Behavioral change for the circular economy: A review with focus on electronic waste management in the EU. Resources, Conservation & Recycling: X, 6(100035), 1-9

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    Author Parajuly, Keshav
    Fitzpatrick, Colin
    Muldoon, Orla
    Kuehr, Ruediger
    Title Behavioral change for the circular economy: A review with focus on electronic waste management in the EU
    Appearing in Resources, Conservation & Recycling: X
    Volume 6
    Issue No. 100035
    Publication Date 2020-05
    Place of Publication Bonn, Limerick
    Publisher Elsevier
    Start page 1
    End page 9
    Language eng
    Abstract In recent years, electrical and electronic products (e-products) have been central to the discussion of resource sustainability due to their growing demand, use of critical resources, and challenges in managing the resulting waste stream (e-waste). As such, the concept of circular economy, which seeks to ‘design out’ waste by better products, practices and business models, is deemed to be very relevant for e-products. The nature of circular systems mandates a collective effort of businesses, consumers, and governments. While the techno-economic sides of the circular economy have attracted large attention in recent years, the role of consumer behavior – a critical factor in defining the long-term success of ‘sustainable production and consumption’ initiatives – remains less explored. In this context, this paper explores the potential of integrating lessons from behavioral sciences to facilitate circular economy in e-waste management. It offers a review of prominent behavioral theories and their application in the context of sustainable consumption and pro-environmental behaviors. Finally, the paper identifies opportunities for behavioral interventions in improving e-waste management and in achieving a more circular economy.
    Keyword Consumer behavior
    Circular economy
    E-waste
    WEEE
    Electronic waste
    Sustainable consumption
    Behavior change
    Copyright Holder The Authors
    Copyright Year 2020
    Copyright type Creative commons
    ISSN 2590289X
    DOI 10.1016/j.rcrx.2020.100035
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