Retrevo Looks At CE Recycling
By TWICE Staff On Oct 18 2010 - 3:01am
New York —
Almost one-third of the U.S. respondents
(28 percent) said they recycled their old CE
devices, according to a study by Retrevo.
The top states in the country for CE recycling
include California, Minnesota, Maryland and Oregon,
which is out in front with 53 percent.
The top four greenest metro areas of the country
are the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington
D.C. Metro Area, Phoenix and Los Angeles.
As the U.S. Census was winding down, Retrevo
was tabulating the results of its Gadget Census
that involved more than 7,500 households across
the country and around the world. Participants
answered a list of questions about the devices
they owned and how they used them. Some of
the questions involved how actively they recycled
their old gadgets.
The most common excuse and possibly least
defensible for not recycling was, “I just didn’t get
around to it.” On the other hand, the smallest number
of potential recyclers said they “didn’t care.”
If procrastination was the most common excuse,
lack of knowledge comes in second, with 20 percent
of Americans who don’t recycle saying they
didn’t know how.
The third most common excuse for not recycling
is the fact that it’s not available. In many
cases, this is being addressed by resellers and
manufacturers that are stepping up and providing
recycling services for old consumer electronics
products. Costco, Sam’s Club and others offer a
trade-in program for old gear as well as recycling
services that will dispose of them properly. Office
Depot gives you a box that you fill up with your old
devices and take back to the store.