IDC Ranks Mobile Phone Manufacturers' Recycling Efforts – Mobile Industry Faces a Long Road to "Green"

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Business Wire, 9/2/10

Given the ubiquity of mobile phones around the globe, it is critical for the manufacturers of these devices to demonstrate their corporate responsibility by working toward greener phones that simplify safe and proper disposal and even reuse of the billions of mobile phones in the market. According to International Data Corporation (IDC), mobile phone recycling is amazingly low today, with rates of 10% considered good.

To better understand where the mobile industry stands on sustainability, IDC used five criteria (packaging, materials, energy, end-of-life program, and overall sustainability efforts) and 20 sub-criteria to create a green ranking of 10 key mobile device manufacturers. The top 5 mobile device manufacturers in terms of their sustainability policies and practices are (in alphabetical order): Apple, LG, Nokia, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson.

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