February 6, 2008
U.S. consumers getting better at recycling cell phones
The good news for the environment is that U.S. consumers who bought new mobile handsets in the fourth quarter of 2007 recycled their old phones at double the rate that they did in the third quarter. [via Cellular News]
The bad news for the environment is that even after the rate nearly doubled, only 9.4 percent of those consumers took the recycling option in the fourth quarter, according to data from iSuppli's ConsumerTrak service.
"iSuppli's fourth-quarter survey indicated that while U.S. consumers increasingly are recycling their old handsets, there's still plenty of room for improvement," said Greg Sheppard, chief development officer for iSuppli.
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