The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently recognized the Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Management Company (MRM) as the winner of its National TV Recycling Challenge for responsibly recycling approximately three-million pounds of televisions.
MRM, a joint venture between Panasonic, Sharp, and Toshiba, developed a TV collection network that uses a variety of collection approaches, including establishing collection points with charities and self-storage units.
EPA evaluated challenge participants’ efforts based on innovation, longevity, cooperative partnerships, consumer outreach, accessibility, pounds of TVs collected from January through August 2009, and ability to ensure that responsible recycling practices were followed.
EPA launched the TV Recycling Challenge to spur manufacturers and retailers to increase the collection and responsible recycling of TVs discarded by consumers as they replaced analog TVs with digital flat-screen TVs.
To date, TV Recycling Challenge participants have recycled approximately 8.2 million pounds of materials.
The TV Recycling Challenge is part of EPA’s Plug-In To eCycling program, a partnership between EPA and leading consumer electronics
The program works to increase public awareness of the importance of donating and recycling used electronics, and fostering opportunities for individuals to eCycle.
For more information on the TV Recycling Challenge and recycling electronics visit http://www.epa.gov/plugin.