The study found, however, that most consumers believe participating in CE recycling must be voluntary, not required by law. Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of all U.S. adults feel that participation in CE recycling should be strictly voluntary while one-third (35 percent) feel it should be required by law.
But as with overall recycling endeavors, convenience is the biggest key to spurring consumers into participating in a CE recycling program. The majority of consumers surveyed (58 percent) indicated they would prefer a CE recycling program where they can leave their product at the curbside—like many of us do now with household recyclables. A smaller number (28 percent) preferred taking the product to a designated recycling center.
But who do consumers believe should administer a CE recycling program—a private company or a public entity? Most consumers would look to a government agency (at the local, state, or federal level) to provide direction. However, the study also found consumers are doing a pretty good job of directing their own CE recycling efforts in the absence of an organized program, either public or private.