It makes sense the most recycled phones, are the most valuable phones, with smartphones dominating the list. iPhone and Blackberry top the list of most recycled mobile phones, alongside the HTC Desire, Samsung Galaxy S and S2 according to several mobile phone recycling sites. It makes sense, as we live in such capitalist consumerist world, we are looking to constantly upgrade our phones when the latest model comes out and discard or sell off the previous model. It would explain why the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 are so popular on mobile phone recycling sites, as most Apple fans upgraded a generation or 2 up for the 4S.
But what about the least recycled mobile phones?
According to the telegraph, the top 5 least recycled mobile phones of 2010 were the:
1) Sony Ericsson Z300 with an average price of £1
2) Samsung C120 – Average price: £1.10
3) Nokia 3510 – Average price: £1.35
4) Sony Ericsson T610 – Average price: £1.50
5) Nokia 3310 – Average price: £1.50
Perhaps people are disheartened by how old the model may be and don’t think their Nokia 3310 is worth the effort of recycling and so most of these phones lay abandoned in some corner or a drawer somewhere, gathering dust for years and depreciating in value day by day. However, to keep these phones in our possession makes no sense as they have no value to us, to recycle the old phones would mean the mobile could be reused for its parts or sold abroad in less economically developed countries where the country would have more demand for it.
Whatever the reason for not recycling older model mobile phones, it’s smart to say, not recycling them makes very little sense, as the phones are of no benefit to anyone if they’re abandoned and forgotten somewhere in the house.