Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Management Under the Principle of ICT Ecodesign of University Students

Panatda Pibul, Siriuma Jawjit, Patcharin Boonkua, Tidarat Suksawat

Abstract


The main objective of the survey aimed to investigate on how university students handle their end-of-life waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and estimating the WEEE generation using a survey method. 379 students of 3 faculty groups dividing by content knowledge: science and technology, health science, and humanities and social science, covering the entire year curriculum were selected by quota sampling method. A questionnaire, containing 10 questions, was designed to identify issues following ICT Ecodesign with 3Rs principle which means reduce, reuse, and recycle. For estimating the amount of WEEE generated, the distribution delay method was used. In 2016, the total number of discarded electronic items from university students was 221 units (4 categories, 17 types). The highest WEEE generated was related to mobile phones, with 51 units per year (0.13 unit per capita), followed by electric fans, earphones and notebooks. The rate of WEEE generation of university students was 0.011 kg per capita. The finding showed that the university student level of awareness toward ICT Ecodesign practice is medium to high (Mean 3.42 ± 0.57). The practice of WEEE reduction is higher than reuse (Mean 4.11 ± 0.63) and recycle (Mean 3.37 ± 0.80). Result of Spearman correlation found that recycling WEEE practice had significantly positive correlation with the faculty of university students (p < 0.05). From this study, it was found that the university has performed no integrated system for proper management of WEEE, therefore the ICT Ecodesign practice with 3Rs should be made across the academic environments.

 

Keywords : waste electrical and electronic equipment, ICT Ecodesign, university students


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