Clean Up Australia Day: Clean Out Your Drawers And Do Something Useful With Your Junk!

Survey: Majority of Australians Stash Instead of Trash Electronics

Feb 21, 2013, 13:00 ET from 1800-GOT-JUNK?

SYDNEY, Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Clean Up Australia's e-waste and mobile phone recycling programs could be in for a record number of donations, as a majority of Australians say they have outdated electronic devices stashed away, according to a recent survey by Wakefield Research for 1800-GOT-JUNK?.

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Oldies, but not Goodies! Unfortunately, your old phones, TVs, and other gadgets won't recycle themselves while sitting in your cupboard. More than 3 in 5 (62%) Australians are more likely to stash away old electronics than throw them in the rubbish (38%).

Teenage Wasteland. Young Australians (18-34 year olds) are most guilty when it comes to stashing outdated electronics. Nearly 3 out of 4 (72%) stockpile old electronics, compared to 57% of their elders. Clean out your drawers and do something useful with your junk. Flip phones aren't making a comeback, let's be honest.

Help Yourself and the Environment. Whether you throw away old electronics or hide them in your closet, there's a better solution – recycling. The Clean Up Australia campaign reveals what your contribution can accomplish:

  • For every mobile phone returned, $3 is donated to Clean Up Australia to fund future campaigns.
  • Up to 90% of greenhouse gases created by the production of new phones can be prevented by using recycled devices.
  • 300 grams of gold is salvaged from roughly one tonne of recycled mobile phones.

"There is a greater awareness about eco-friendly rubbish removal than when we first launched our service 7 years ago," says 1800-GOT-JUNK? Director of PR, Tania Venn. "But we have a long way to go, according to this survey. The truth is many people don't get rid of electronics because they think they'll have a use for them again, but let's face it, technology is moving at such a rapid pace that most gadgets become obsolete before the need arises."

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