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Prof. Dennis Fan says students are encouraged to involve themselves in solving the e-waste problem
 
Newsletter No. 403 > Campus News > Research > Survey Reveals Less Than 3% People Recycle Old Electronic Devices

Survey Reveals Less Than 3% People Recycle Old Electronic Devices

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According to an e-device survey organized by the Institute of Environment, Energy and Sustainability (IEES) at CUHK and AIA Group Limited, 77% of Hong Kong adults acknowledge that electronic waste created by the increasing number of e-devices they own would intensify pollution problems but only less than 3% recycle their e-devices.

The survey, conducted from April to May 2012 among 1,200 men and women aged between 18 and 55 from various income and education groups, shows that adults in Hong Kong each owns, on average, 3.5 mobile devices such as mobile phones, portable laptops/tablets and digital cameras. They discard their mobile phones after using them for only 21 months on average and get new ones, but only 1% recycle their old phones. For portable personal computers, the respondents replace them after 25 months on average and about 3% recycle them.

Prof. Dennis Fan, associate dean of CUHK Business School, said, ‘To raise the awareness about e-waste among campus members, IEES will organize forums and recycling activities on campus to facilitate discussion and action.’

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