'Recycle your mobile for cash' schemes prove popular

09/12/2009

Recycle Your Mobile For Cash Schemes Prove Popular

People may be more likely to recycle an old mobile phone if they get a cash incentive for doing so, new research has suggested.

A new report titled Green Handsets, compiled by ABI Research, suggested that 98 per cent of people who have not yet participated in a mobile recycling scheme would do so if there was a cash incentive or another form of compensation on offer.

Michal Morgan, an industry analyst at the research firm, pointed out that these figures send a "clear" message, particularly as out of the people who have previously recycled their mobile, only five per cent gave up the gadget and got nothing in return.

He added that schemes offering cash for unwanted mobiles may be a more successful incentive to get people to recycle than other endeavours.

According to 9 News, people who have replaced old mobile phones that are broken or damaged - such as a dropped iPhone - may wish to investigate recycling their used gadgets, as some handsets can be repaired.

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Posted by Joanne Grimshaw