Shocker, Americans Don't Recycle Cell Phones

So you just got the latest pimped out cell phone and all is right in your world. But now what do you do with your old handheld? According to new data from iSuppli Corp.’s ConsumerTrak service, you’re probably inclined to just stuff it in a drawer or throw it away. Most Americans do. In fact, only about one in 10 old cell phones get recycled.

chart of cell phones

No, it’s not shocking. The infrastructure to recycle phones is sub par and we all know how lazy we can be. But we’ll keep nagging you as it’s not only good for the planet, but is projected to be a $3 billion-a-year business by as early as 2012. Even the EPA has asked you nicely.

Well, the recycling rate in the fourth quarter of 2007 was 9.4 percent, double that of the third quarter and way up from a paltry 1 percent in 2003. So some of us are listening, after all. We just need to keep getting better.

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