CTIA takes steps toward greener electronics

CTIA takes steps toward greener electronics

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

An organization representing the wireless communications industry has launched a new initiative to recycle more of its devices.

The Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA) has created a green working group (GWG) along with a set of sustainability benchmarks. The new group includes over two dozen partner companies, such as Apple, AT&T, Samsung, Sprint Nextel Corporation, T-Mobile USA, Verizon and others.

The GWG has developed three components to encourage more recycling. They include:

  • Develop a take-back program for devices and accessories, while educating consumers about the program.
  • Use third party companies that comply with applicable federal and state electronics recycling laws.
  • Develop a common approach for measuring handset collection rates in order to advance a goal of increasing the collection of devices and electronics accessories either directly or indirectly by 20 percent by 2015.

Additionally, the initiative will lead to changes in product packaging. All partner companies will take steps to eliminate plastic inserts and trays from post-paid wireless devices by the end of next year, switch to water-soluble adhesives and phase out petroleum-based inks in product manuals.

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