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This Chart Details a Rise in Recycled Smartphones

By: Jonathon Brown - Published: Feb 10, 2013 • References: visual.ly
When phones went from "dumb" to "smart," the idea of recycling your phone started to creep into people's minds and now it's continued with smartphone recycling.

With the rise of smartphones, more and more people were left with old clunky phones. Some companies offered incentives for recycling old phones as a way to get the ancient devices out of junk drawers. In some cases, parts from recycled smartphones are used in other devices, but most of the time the entire phone is shipped to less fortunate countries for use in places like Nigeria, Romania and Congo.

Smartphone recycling is also on the rise due to the hyper-competitive nature of the market, which spawns new models annually and encourages consumers to constantly upgrade their devices. Due to this industry climate, smartphones are seeing shorter usage times with their initial owners.