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Cell Phone Recycling in the US: Market Research Report

Market Research • Market Size • Industry Statistics • Industry Analysis • Industry Trends

Cell Phone Recycling Market Research Report | Technology | Clean Technologies | Apr 2015

Good as new: The industry continues to benefit from regulation and rising commodity prices

IBISWorld’s Cell Phone Recycling market research report provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.

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Market Share of Companies
Gazelle Gazelle market share
HOBI International HOBI International market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 11-16
Annual Growth 16-21
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Increasing cell phone ownership, the emergence of smartphone technologies and increasingly rapid mobile phone replacement rates created a replacement market among cell phone users and widened the potential base of phones available for recycling. As collection of cell phones for recycling and reuse becomes easier, the industry is poised to exhibit growth as a result of a widening base of key inputs (i.e. used phones). Consequently, IBISWorld forecasts industry revenue to continue growing through 2020.... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

The Cell Phone Recycling industry has a moderate level of capital intensity, based on the ratio of depreciation to wages. In 2015, wages are estimated to account for about 17.5% of total industry revenue. Meanwhile, depreciation costs, which serve as a proxy for capital investments, are estimated to total about 3.8% of revenue. Thus, for every dollar spent on wages, an estimated $0.22 is spent on capital. Small companies, which make up the majority of the industry, generally do not have the financial capital available to invest in the industry's most advanced technologies. Meanwhile, manual labor is required for product disassembly and refurbishment... purchase to read more


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What is the Cell Phone Recycling Industry?

Businesses in this industry primarily separate and sort recyclable materials from cell phones, smart phones, pagers and personal digital assistants. Companies also refurbish devices for resale. Revenue from processing other electronics is excluded from this industry.

Industry Products
Asset RecoveryDemanufacturingShreddingGlass CleaningOther Activities
Industry Activities
Refurbishing cell phonesSelling refurbished cell phonesReselling used cell phonesRecovering cell phone material

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