Most old cell phones end up in a drawer, only 14% are recycled

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More than half of cellphone users keep their old phones at home and only 14% hand them in for recycling, state statistics agency CBS says in a new report.

Old laptops and tablets are also more likely to disappear into a drawer than a recycling bin, and environmental concerns are low on the list of specs users look for in a new phone, the agency said.

Larger IT equipment, such as old personal computers, is more likely to be recycled – around 36% is handed over for reprocessing.

People over 65 are the most likely to recycle their old phones – almost one in four do so and only 15% donate them.

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Between 60% and 70% of the 5,800 respondents said speed and memory are the most important things they look for when choosing a new phone, while 50% say price is key. Only 10% look at a phone’s energy consumption and 5% are interested in a phone’s environmental friendliness.

The research also showed that 91% of the population aged 16 and over owned a smartphone, 70% a laptop and 50% a tablet. About three out of 10 respondents had a personal computer.

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