Extended valence theory perspective on consumers’ e-waste recycling intentions in Japan
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OriginalversjonJournal of Cleaner Production. 2021, 312, 127443. 10.1016/j.jclepro.2021.127443
The gravity of the electronic waste (e-waste) crisis can be attributed to consumers' low participation in ensuring the proper disposal of such materials. Motivating consumers to recycle e-waste requires a deeper understanding of the dimensions that underlie behavioral intentions. Accordingly, the present study uses the novel framework of Valence Theory (VT) to examine how consumers evaluate their decision to recycle e-waste. The authors propose an extended VT model incorporating consumer values (value compatibility, openness to change, and environmental concerns), which is validated using cross-sectional survey data from 774 Japanese consumers. We also examine the role of different moderators resembling consumers' e-waste recycling behavior. The findings support the moderation hypotheses and suggest that intentions to recycle e-waste are affected by value compatibility, environmental concerns, and the perceived benefits of engaging in this behavior. Thus, the study has important implications for decision-makers, policymakers, and researchers interested in gaining deeper insights into issues surrounding consumers' e-waste recycling intentions.