Samsung recently published the results of a survey conducted on American users’ attitudes towards e-waste, and the results speak to their reluctance to recycle.
It turns out that many people have a hard time letting go of their old devices and this is contributing to an increasing amount of global e-waste. This one information comes from the Green Print Survey (opens in new tab) that Samsung conducted with global intelligence firm Morning Consult. They asked 2,210 people over the age of 18 what prevents them from being greener.
According to the survey, nearly 50% of respondents agree that e-waste is a big problem for the climate, but 72% do not recycle their devices. This raises two questions: what do people do with this old technology and why don’t they recycle it?
Apparently, people kept them in various places in the house for safety. 36% of people admitted they have a “designated junk drawer” where they keep old electronics (that number rises to 54% for Gen Z youth). Stuffing them in a box and transporting them to the garage or attic is another method popular with 35% of men surveyed.
As for why people don’t recycle, it’s because they’re so attached to their gadgets, or as Samsung says, they have the “Digital FOMO” (fear of losing). 24% of respondents said they are afraid of losing photos on old phones. 23% save devices only “in case something happens to the new one”. And when looking at age groups, older generations tend to be more cautious about leaking confidential information.
A quarter of older respondents say they keep their junk mail because they believe old devices still have sensitive information and don’t want it released. That number drops to 8% for Gen Z respondents who appear to be most confident in software security. Younger generations are also more likely to keep used devices to give them away as gifts later.
In addition to the survey results, Samsung offered a variety of suggestions on what people can do with e-waste. The company recommends taking your e-waste to one of its 1,700 recycling locations across the United States. Places near your home can be found by searching for them at Samsung’s responsible recycling page (opens in new tab) and clicking “Leave today”.
It also recommends redirecting Galaxy smartphones by downloading the Smart Things app and use it at home as a baby monitor, for example. You can also try to fix devices yourself via Samsung’s self-repair program to increase its longevitybut it is limited to just a few smartphones like the Galaxy S20 and S21.
To keep old photos, we suggest that you upload them to a cloud storage service. recently updated its list of best cloud storage sites for 2022, which includes Google Photos, OneDrive and Flickr. Be sure to check.