Report highlights e-scrap recycling demographics

Report highlights e-scrap recycling demographics

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

The percentage of U.S. residents that say they recycle their electronics has surged over the past three years, but some generational challenges in e-scrap collection are emerging.

The findings show that e-scrap recycling participation jumped from just 39 percent in 2010 to 72 percent in 2013, according to an annual Earth Day report from gadget reseller Retrevo and consulting firm Bizrate Insights. The report is based on data gathered from a survey of 3,600 online shoppers about their recycling practices.

For electronics recycling, the findings show that procrastination was the biggest barrier to turning in old electronics, especially for young people under 30. Additionally, only 35 percent of the under-30 demographic use energy efficiency ratings in making purchasing decisions, compared to 44 percent of those over 30.

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What's a "green gadget?"

Great info, but I'm not sure what they're classifying as a "green gadget." Is energy efficiency the only measure? Do they account for the amount of recycled material (i.e. reused rare earth metals, post consumer plastics, etc.) contained in the gadget? What about its design for environment?


Thanks for sharing!