The Consumer Electronic Association reports that there has been 53 percent year-over-year growth in gadget collections and that mobile phone trade-ins are also on the rise. Another report from eRecycling Corps, which specializes in mobile device recycling and re-selling, says that it has handled more than 550,000 device trade-ins in March 2012 alone – a 300 percent increase over what it handled in March of last year.
Both of these reports are extremely encouraging to the e-waste industry and to environmentally-conscious people everywhere. It means more and more electronics are being recycled and re-used rather than being dumped into landfills. In fact, eRecycling Corps says that they’ll be keeping an estimated 6 million devices out of landfills this year through their refurbishing efforts.