Electronics companies keep on collecting

Electronics companies keep on collecting

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

April 25, 2014

A report on the efforts of electronics companies to support e-scrap recycling in the U.S. shows the industry is moving toward ambitious 2016 collection goals.

In 2013 more than 620 million pounds of electronics were collected for recycling through industry collection efforts and resources, the report shows. The eCycling Leadership Initiative, led by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and including major national electronics companies, has a 2016 goal of collecting 1 billion pounds of e-scrap annually.

The 2013 numbers represent a roughly 6 percent gain over 2012, when 585 million pounds were collected. However, the industry's collection total last year was more than double the 2010 haul of 300 million pounds.

Apple, Best Buy, Dell and DirecTV each recycled more than 125 percent of collection goals set by CEA in 2013. Acer, HP, Samsung, LG and Sony collected between 100 and 125 percent of collection goals.

In addition, the third annual report references a recent CEA study on residential CRT streams as reason to believe "we are more than halfway through the current CRT recycling bubble."

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