Report: Only 3% Recycle Their Phones


Nokia just released some surprising results of a global survey on recycling mobile phones, FierceWireless reports.

The survey, which was based on interviews with 6,500 people in 13 countries, found that a “very low number of consumers recycle their phones and most are unaware that they can do so. Only three percent of people recycle their mobile phones and three out of four people are not aware they can recycle their mobile phone.”

Some other numbers quoted from the report:

– People on average have owned around five phones.

– While 3 percent of those surveyed said they recycled their phones, only 4 percent said they throw them away.

– The majority (44 percent) said that the phones are at home and simply not being used.

– Others (16 percent) said that they give their old phones to other family members or friends, while another 16 percent said they sell them.