Wireless Cell Phone Recycling Facts

  • Over 70% of Americans do not know that they can recycle their old cell phone.
  • Less than 5% of obsolete cell phones are refurbished or recycled.
  • In a recent survey, only 2.3% of Americans recycled their old cell phones.
  • Cell phone manufacturers and service providers have voluntarily implemented recycling programs and recognize that retail “take-back” of old phones represents the lowest cost and most convenient recycling model.
  • Unfortunately, these programs are not well advertised and inconsistent. Only a fraction of retail cell phone outlets are currently providing their customers with recycling options.
  • Of those who turned in their old cell phone to their service provider, only 18% were offered recycling as an option.
  • Surveys suggest that 90% of Americans would recycle their cell phone if there was a convenient drop-off location at a store near them.

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    7 Responses to “Wireless Cell Phone Recycling Facts”

    1. I have a couple of old cell phones just sitting around. I would definitely recycle them if I knew where to go or who would take them.

    2. Very strange. I was under the assumption that Americans are well aware of mobile recycling benefits, but your survey has stumped me off.
      We need more mobile recycling awareness programs

    3. Cell Phone Service Provider…

      Can it be that your server is infected with a virus – I get an Virus warning when I open your site with Firefox – Just for your Info….

    4. Dwight says:

      @ATTCellPhones Simple, just go to this address http://www.recyclingforcharities.com/donate.php and make your donation online. Then drop them in the mail – we provide you a custom shipping label.

    5. Dwight says:

      @ mobile recycling Your right, not many Americans realize the amount of trash that cell phones create and that many parts are recyclable.

    6. refurbished says:


      That was very interesting to me but while I think about it please check out my site I have been working on lately…

    7. Tiny Tiger says:

      As a mobile retailer, we do encourage people to recycle their phones as a majority of us are still unaware of the benefits of mobile recycling.

      Found the whole recyclingmobile in the newspaper which I read on the way to work. Quite mind boggling that Americans don’t utilise this as it gets them some amount of cash also.

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