CEA announces e-scrap recycling progress
By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling
Electronics recycling was up 27 percent in 2012 according to the latest findings from the Consumer Electronics Association's eCycling Leadership Initiative.
Members of the initiative, which includes Apple, Best Buy, Lenovo, Samsung and others, collected 585 million pounds of e-scrap for recycling in 2012, compared to approximately 460 million pounds in 2011 and approximately 300 million pounds in 2010. Additionally, the number of participating e-scrap collection sites grew from 5,000 in 2010 to 8,000 in 2012. The CEA says that 99 percent of the material collected in 2012 was handled by third party-certified recycling organizations.
"We want to make recycling electronics as easy as purchasing electronics," said Walter Alcorn, vice president of environmental affairs and industry sustainability for the CEA. "And through the efforts of the Initiative participants, and CEA's efforts to promote eCycling directly to consumers via GreenerGadgets.org , we have made great progress toward that goal."
The announcement was used to highlight progress the program is making toward its "Billion Pound Challenge," in which participating companies and organizations together collect over a billion pounds of e-scrap for recycling annually by 2016.