Cellphone Recycling Is On The Rise, But Still Uncommon

By Staff On Feb 11 2008 - 8:00am

Of U.S. consumers who bought new cellular handsets in the fourth quarter of 2007, only 9.4 percent recycled their old phones. But, according to a new survey from iSuppli's ConsumerTrak service, that is double the rate that they recycled in the third quarter.

"iSuppli's fourth-quarter survey indicated that while U.S. consumers increasingly are recycling their old handsets, there's still plenty of room for improvement," said Greg Sheppard, chief development officer for iSuppli.

"More than one-third of all old handsets, 36.8 percent to be precise, were stored away in the fourth quarter of 2007, and now are collecting dust in closets throughout America," Sheppard noted.

The survey indicated that 15.5 percent of U.S. consumers gave away their old mobile handsets. Another 8.5 percent donated their handsets to charities.

For information on iSuppli's ConsumerTrak service, see www.isuppli.com.

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