One in three consumers now recycle their tech devices

  • TECH
  • Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014

GOING GREEN: 82% of US adults believe that recycling old electronics will be good for the environment but only a third actually do so.

Its latest biennial Recycling and Reuse Study finds that 82% of US adults now believe that recycling old electronics is important, and 98% of respondents say that they would be prepared to travel some distance in order to recycle a device.

However, despite this awareness and perceived commitment to going the extra mile for the sake of the environment, only one third of respondents had actually formally recycled a device over the past year. Still, as the CEA highlights, that figure is up 4% from 2012 (the last time the survey was conducted) and the survey found that recycling through gifting older devices to others, particularly friends and family, is also growing in popularity. 

"We're pleased to see continued consumer support for electronics recycling, especially as the power of innovation brings new and better products to market faster than ever," said Gary Shapiro, president and chief executive officer, CEA.

"Our industry has more than doubled the amount of consumer electronics recycling over the past three years. And this study makes it clear that our on-going consumer engagement and recycling education programs are more important than ever." 

As well as becoming the recipients of last year's smartphone or an aging notebook, friends and families are also the most common source of advice and instruction when it comes to recycling -- 42% of US adults polled said that they first learned how to recycle their old devices by word of mouth from friends, family or co-workers. 

The number of people recycling may be up but, unfortunately, so is the number of people who simply dispose of unwanted tech products. Almost one in five (18%) of respondents admitted throwing an old device into the trash over the past year. — AFP/RelaxNews 2014


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