Elektronic waste in Wielkopolska district


A team of scientists from Akademia Ekonomiczna In Poznań has made a reaserch on the waste electrical and electronic equipment treatment by Wielkopolska’s dwellers and their awarness of how the system of electrowaste collection works. The survey questions concerned three groups of equipment: cell phones, TV sets and refrigerators.

The research has revealed that most of responders replaces their old equipment with a new one, when it is broken or worn out. Only 5% changes their equipment because it is not ecological.

Dominant method of managing old cell phones (51%) and TV sets (44%) was passing it to another user, and in case of refrigerators leaving it in the shop while buying a new one (38%) or passing it to collection points (27%). The research has also revealed that more than a half of the responders do not get rid of the equipment but they keep it at home.

The state of knowledge of society about WEEE collection system was checked with questions about:
- familiarity with the Act on WEEE (42% of the responders have ever heard about the Act),
- knowledge about organizing WEEE collecton points in communities and shops (39% of the responders have such knowledge, 9% has had the use of collection points).

In case of a problem of dangerous WEEE getting into the natural environoment, the state of knowledge of the respondends turned out to be satisfactory.

45% of the responders declared that they would buy en equipment produced of recycled materials provided that it would be cheaper than the equipment made of new materials. 26% would not mind the price. These results should stimulate to increase a production of equipment of recycled materials without risk of loosing the customers.

The research revealed that human determination to act in scope of WEEE is still unsatisfactory, and information about collection points is unsufficient.