Crystal clear: Higher recycling rates will boost industry revenue

The Cell Phone Recycling industry, which comprises establishments that recycle and refurbish old devices, has exhibited strong growth over the past five years to 2018. This has come on the heels of rising popularity of mobile devices; old devices get recycled at increasing levels as people buy new phones. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), more than 3.4 million tons of electronic waste is generated every year. This has provided an opportunity to industry companies looking to salvage scrap metal or resell devices. It is also not uncommon for companies to send old devices to developing countries; this has drawn the ire of some industry participants and US Congress, as some argue these countries are not able to properly and safely recycle electronic products...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Revenue growth will decelerate as growth in the number of mobile devices also weakens
  • The price of silver decreased, constraining profit margins as downstream industries seek less expensive inputs
  • The number of mobile internet connections will likely continue to grow
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The Cell Phone Recycling industry has a medium level of market share concentration, with the industry's two largest players accounting for just 54.7% of industry revenue. Nevertheless, the industry is made up of many small recycling operations collectively making up the remainder of industry revenue. IBISWorld estimates that about three-quarters of companies employ less than 20 workers.Market share concentration from the top companies has risen over the period due to consolidation. In 2013, major player Outerwall entered in industry through its acquisition of ecoATM. In 2015, the company also purchased Gazelle Inc., which pays consumers for used electronic devices and sells refurbished electronic devices. Due...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Cell Phone Recycling Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Cell Phone Recycling Industry are

  • Having an extensive distribution/collection network
  • Must comply with government regulations
  • Access to the latest available and most efficient technology and techniques
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Number of mobile internet connections and World price of copper in the Cell Phone Recycling industry impact industry performance..

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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 Recovery
  • De-manufacturing
  • Shredding
  • Glass Cleaning
  • Other Activities
  • Industry Activities
  • Refurbishing cell phones
  • Selling refurbished cell phones
  • Reselling used cell phones
  • Recovering cell phone material
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Number of mobile internet connections
  • World price of copper
  • Per capita disposable income
  • External competition
  • World price of silver

  • Current Performance
  • More phones, more business
  • Regulations encourage growth
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Mobile phones to continue growing
  • Tightening regulations
  • Volatile metal prices
  • Profit expected to decline
  • A struggle in the future
  • Table: Cell Phone Recycling Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Cell Phone Recycling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Public Administration
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Communication Equipment Manufacturing
  • Semiconductor & Circuit Manufacturing
  • Wireless Telecommunications Carriers

  • Products & Services
  • De-manufacturing
  • Asset Recovery
  • Shredding
  • Other Activities
  • Glass Cleaning
  • Chart: Cell Phone Recycling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Businesses and commercial entities
  • Consumers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Cell Phone Recycling Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesOther costs, depreciation, rent, utilities and marketing
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Cell Phone Recycling

  • Basis of Competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Cell Phone Recycling Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Redbox Automated Retail LLC, NextWorth Solutions Inc.,
  • Table: Redbox Automated Retail LLC - financial performance
  • Table: NextWorth Solutions Inc. - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Cell Phone Recycling Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Cell Phone Recycling Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Number of mobile internet connections (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Discarded electrical or electronic devices.
  • Refurbished Cell Phone
  • A cell phone that has been repaired or had improvement made to it. Refurbished cell phones can be resold to businesses and consumers.
  • Smartphone
  • A cell phone with an emphasis on data instead of voice communication.
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