"I want to recycle batteries, but it's inconvenient": A Study of Non-rechargeable Battery Recycle Practices and ChallengesDownload PDF

Apr 10, 2021 (edited Apr 13, 2021)Graphics Interface 2021 Conference Second Cycle Blind SubmissionReaders: Everyone
  • Keywords: battery recycle, sustainability, qualitative study, survey, interview, design implications, high-fidelity prototype
  • TL;DR: This paper aims to understand the practices and challenges of reusing and recycling batteries via both a survey study and an interview study. Results highlight opportunities to help people better reuse and recycle behaviors.
  • Abstract: Non-rechargeable batteries are widely used in electronic devices and can cause environmental issues if not recycled properly. However, little is known about the challenges that people might encounter when they recycle non-rechargeable batteries. We first conducted an online survey with 106 participants to understand their practices and challenges of reusing and recycling non-rechargeable batteries. We then interviewed 12 participants to understand the potential reasons behind their behaviors. Our results show that although it is common to store used batteries temporarily, many eventually do not recycle them for reasons such as the inconvenience of recycling, not knowing how to recycle batteries and high perceived efforts of recycling. Moreover, we highlight the challenges associated with their common battery reuse and recycle strategies. We present design considerations and potential solutions for both individuals and communities to promote sustainable battery recycle behaviors.
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