Electronics Waste: Recycling of Mobile Phones
Electronics Waste: Recycling of Mobile Phone
and social media activities. The outer layer shows the future values and social trends that
may have an impact to consumers recycling behavior, communality and downshifting being
examples of those trends. As seen from the figure, there are many factors impacting the
recycling behavior, from personal attitudes and experiences to the quality of the recycling
systems that are in place. Recycling is a global theme that needs local execution. Different
ways to communicate, incentivize and motivate consumers are effective in different
countries. To better understand what people think about phone recycling, Nokia has
conducted two global consumer studies on the topic. The results for the studies are being
used in planning and executing phone recycling programs.
Fig. 2. Features affecting consumer recycling behavior (Mäkelä, 2011)
Based on the first consumer survey on consumer recycling behavior and attitudes at 2007 it
was found out that despite the fact that households on average have each owned around
five phones, very few of these have been recycled once they are no longer used. Nearly half
of the consumers were unaware that it is even possible to recycle a mobile phone. Two
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