Cell Phone Recycling in the US: Market Research Report

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Cell Phone Recycling Market Research Report | Technology | Clean Technologies | Aug 2014

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

The Cell Phone Recycling market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.

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Market Share of Companies
Gazelle Gazelle market share
HOBI International HOBI International market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 09-14
Annual Growth 14-19
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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 2019.... 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 2014, wages are estimated to account for about 17.8% of total industry revenue. Meanwhile, depreciation costs, which serve as a proxy for capital investments, are estimated to total about 3.2% of revenue. Thus, for every dollar spent on wages, an estimated $0.18 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
Refurbishing Cell PhonesMaterial RecoveryRefurbished Phone Resale
Industry Activities
Refurbishing cell phonesSelling refurbished cell phonesReselling used cell phonesRecovering cell phone material

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