Convenience Still a Factor in Consumer Electronics Recycling

consumer electronicsA study released from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) found that while awareness about electronics recycling and available recycling locations is rising, consumers still cite convenience as a determining factor in whether they recycle their consumer electronics (CE) devices.

According to the CE Recycling and Reuse 2012 Edition study, six in ten CE owners removed at least one device from their homes in the last year, with 48% donating the device for reuse and 26% choosing to recycle.

The remaining twelve percent of owners who put their old CE device in the trash primarily said it was the most convenient option, according to the report.

The study found that nine in ten consumers believe it's important to recycle their CE devices and 63% of consumers know where to recycle them.

As overall sales of CE products are expected to reach a record high in 2012, more consumers remove CE products from their homes when they purchase new electronics.

"The CE industry aims to make recycling consumer electronics as easy as purchasing them," said Walter Alcorn, vice president of CEA's environmental affairs and industry sustainability department. "The marked increase in consumer awareness of how and where to recycle their electronics illustrates the progress our industry has made on this issue."

CEA works in partnership with different levels of government, non-governmental organizations and other industry advocates to continually educate consumers on the availability and accessibility of electronics recycling locations.

CEA created an eCycling zip code locator on where consumers can easily find the closest responsible recycling opportunity.