Cash 'an encouraging incentive' for mobile phone recycling

8 December 2009 — 11:43 AM

People may be more likely to recycle mobile phones if they are offered an incentive such as cash

A new study in the US has revealed that schemes offering cash for mobile phones may be more effective at getting people to recycle than other initiatives.

The Green Handsets report, compiled by ABI Research, indicated that of the people in the US who have previously recycled a mobile handset, only five per cent had given up their phone without any kind of compensation.

However, the report added, some 98 per cent of people who had not yet made plans to recycle mobile phones said they would be more encouraged to do so for compensation in the form of cash and other benefits.

ABI Research industry analyst Michael Morgan commented that these findings give a "clear" message that mobile recycling schemes with incentives may prove popular.

The figures also indicated that people over the age of 40 may be more likely to recycle their handsets than younger adults and women tend to be more keen to recycle their unwanted mobiles than men.

Gulf News reported this week that recycling mobile phones and keeping other electronic items such as television sets out of the rubbish can help cut down on the amount of toxins released into soils and bodies of water.

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