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EPA’s TV Recycling Challenge

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EPA’s Plug-In To eCycling program is challenging electronics retailers and television manufacturers to increase collection and responsible recycling of discarded TVs.

As consumers continue to upgrade technologies — transitioning from analog to digital technology and cathode ray tube (CRT) to flat panel televisions — they need more convenient and predictable opportunities to safely manage their old TVs. Recycling TVs helps to conserve natural resources and reduce energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants related to extraction and processing of virgin materials.

In 2007, Americans had accumulated 99 million TVs in storage and discarded nearly 27 million TVs. Of the TVs discarded, approximately 18 percent were recycled. Between 2004 and 2007, the number of TVs that entered the waste stream increased by 14 percent.

Despite progress in the past few years in recovery of used electronics, there are still relatively few consistent and convenient outlets for consumers to recycle old TVs. State and local governments, already aware of the need to better manage these materials, are providing more opportunities to recycle televisions, either by legislation or encouraging voluntary recovery programs.

What is the National TV Recycling Challenge?

To encourage electronics retailers and TV manufacturers to help support TV recycling opportunities, EPA has issued a National TV Recycling Challenge. The goal of the Challenge is to stimulate innovation and partnerships to increase TV recycling in 2009 and beyond.

The Challenge is open to any retailer or TV manufacturer that commits to using recyclers that meet or exceed EPA’s Guidelines on Environmentally Sound Management of Electronic Equipment. The Challenge period extends from January 1, 2009 – August 31, 2009.

At the end of the Challenge, participants are invited to submit applications describing their TV collection and recycling program. EPA will evaluate the entries based on criteria that include:

Innovation: For example, the innovation can be in bringing together partners who have not cooperated previously and/or creating unique mechanisms for engaging consumers in TV recycling.

Longevity: The likelihood that the program will succeed in attracting consumers and providing an ongoing means to consumers to recycling their unwanted TVs past the Challenge period.

Consumer Outreach & Education: The extent to which the program informs consumers of recycling opportunities, motivates them to recycle, and communicates the environmental benefits of recycling.

Recycling Opportunities: The national reach of the program, its accessibility, and levels of consumer participation. Total Pounds of Televisions Collected within the United States as a result of the program.

Responsible Recycling Practices: The partners’ ability to ensure that their recyclers follow safe recycling practices and have met the EPA export requirements for both the reuse and recycling of CRTs. EPA would like to see programs aspire to meet the Responsible Recycling Practices.

EPA will recognize the Challenge winner in the fall of 2009.

Who is Participating?

Several industry leaders, including Samsung, Sony, and Panasonic, Sharp, and Toshiba (through the recycling consortium, the Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Management Company) have already acceptedthe Challenge and are expanding their current recycling opportunities.

Samsung offers more than 170 locations throughout the US where consumers can drop off their Samsung TVs at no cost (other brands are accepted for a fee).

Sony provides consumers 274 nationwide locations with free recycling service for all Sony branded TVs and fee-based recycling of other brands.

Panasonic, Sharp, and Toshiba have developed a recycling network of 280 locations to collect their branded TVs for free recycling.

As far as other electronics:

Many manufacturers and retailers have already committed to collecting, reusing, or recycling old electronics. EPA recognizes the following Plug-In To eCycling partners for their efforts:

HP (Hewlitt Packard) – Dell – Best Buy – AT&T – Intel – JVC –
Lexmark – Office Depot – Panasonic – Sharp – Sony – Staples –
Philips – Samsung – WalMart – Toshiba – NEC – Sony Ericsson –
Sprint – T-Mobile – Verizon – Motorola – LG – Nokia

And don’t forget , Earth 911 for recycling centers near you.

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7 Responses to “EPA’s TV Recycling Challenge”

  1. whamx.com Says:

    EPA’s TV Recycling Challenge | Forced Green…

    EPA’s Plug-In To eCycling program is challenging electronics retailers and television manufacturers to increase collection and responsible recycling of discarded TVs….

  2. Cici Says:

    Glad to see businesses are participating.
    thx for sharing the info.

  3. Linda Says:

    Hi Cici … It is about time don’t ya think? Anyway, you are welcome.

  4. lisa winter Says:

    thanks for this article, i’m glad to see some talk about reusing and recycling electronics. i think most of america would be shocked to know how much of this stuff we throw away each year and how toxic it is.

    lisa winters last blog post..Some Eye Candy

  5. Linda Says:

    Hi Lisa … I know! I am glad the EPA took the initiative to get this rolling with all the major companies!

  6. wilson Says:

    Most of us didn’t aware that the greenhouse gas emission is one of the main causes of the global warming matter, Linda!

    So, it’s our responsibility to do the recycling together.

    wilsons last blog post..Maintain Your Cholesterol in Healthy Level!

  7. Linda Says:

    Hi Wilson … You are correct! However, the manufacturers have the main responsibility.

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