Apple’s approach to recycling begins in the design stage, when we create compact, efficient products that require less material to produce. The materials we do use — including arsenic-free glass, high-grade aluminum, and strong polycarbonate — are highly valuable to recyclers, who can reclaim them for use in new products. All e-waste collected by Apple-controlled voluntary and regulatory programs worldwide is processed in the region it was collected, nothing is shipped overseas for recycling or disposal. Apple has instituted recycling programs in cities and college campuses in 95 percent of the countries where our products are sold, diverting more than 130.2 million pounds of equipment from landfills since 1994. Apple operates a number of takeback and recycling programs including free takeback of Apple computers, iPods, iPads and iPhones.
Best Buy collects and recycles products in all 1,100-plus U.S. stores, including Puerto Rico, as an "in store" solution for customers to bring their old or unwanted consumer electronics for recycling no matter where they were purchased. Most consumer electronics are accepted at Best Buy stores at no cost, while non-Best Buy branded TVs less than 32-inches and monitors are accepted for a $10 fee that is offset by a $10 Best Buy gift card. Along with an in-store drop off program and kiosks, Best Buy also offers a TV haul-away service when a new product is delivered, and a Tech Trade-In program compensating consumers with gift cards for valuable products. In early 2011, Best Buy stores nationwide collected nearly 400 pounds each minute for recycling.
A partnership between Dell and Goodwill Industries International lets consumers drop off used computers for no-cost recycling. Launched in 2004, Reconnect has diverted more than 96 million pounds of electronic waste from landfills and created about 250 “green jobs.” Donated equipment meeting Reconnect’s criteria are resold, and devices needing repair are either refurbished or broken down into parts to be recycled by Dell partners. The program supports Goodwill’s job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs for people who have disabilities, lack education or job experience, or face other challenges to finding employment.
HP began recycling computer electronics in 1987, and currently operates recycling services in 56 countries or territories worldwide. In the United States they launched a buyback program in January 2009 that includes free recycling if an HP- or Compaq-branded system has no value for consumers. HP recycled more than 200 million pounds of hardware globally in 2009, resulting in an estimated 210,000 tons of avoided carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions. Since 1987, HP has recovered over 2 billion pounds of electronic product (for recovery and recycling) and HP print cartridges (for recycling).
LG’s recycling program provides consumers with the ability to drop off unwanted electronics at a Waste Management designated eCycling Center, or other alternative methods may be available. LG has recycled more than 7 million pounds since 2009, of which 3.3 million pounds were through LG’s voluntary program.
Nintendo of America
Because video game systems and games retain their value for many years beyond their retail lifecycle, Nintendo of America offers a number of customer support options to maximize their continued use, while also offering a free courtesy Take-Back Program to minimize the waste disposal of its products. The Take-Back Program provides for recycling of Nintendo hardware, software, accessories, and rechargeable batteries. Nintendo supports the goals of certifications such as R2 and e-Steward's, and we believe that a successful national recycling certification must be supported by government, business and affiliated associations. Nintendo partners with a national recycler with a commitment to environmental stewardship that meets our corporate social responsibility
goals and values.
Panasonic, Sharp and Toshiba (Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Management Company, LLC)
Announced at the 2008 International CES, these three leading electronics brands were the first to create a Product Stewardship Organization to manage collection and recycling programs in the United States. The goal of the Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Management Company, LLC (MRM) is the creation of national recycling infrastructure that provides convenient recycling opportunities to consumers for used electronic products. It provides compliance services to manufacturers in states with recycling requirements, and also operates a voluntary nationwide collection and recycling service for brands produced by Panasonic, Sharp, Toshiba, Mitsubishi and Vizio. Since October 2007 MRM has established 840 collection sites across the U.S. and recycled more than 78 million pounds of electronics.
Launched in the fall of 2008, Samsung Recycling Direct[SM] offers drop off locations in all 50 states. Samsung Recycling Direct was initiated upon the principles of protection of people, the environment and developing countries through responsible management of materials. Samsung Recycling Direct is an e-Steward Enterprise, and validates responsible recycling through third-party audits and recycling only through recycling partners who are committed to becoming certified e-Stewards recyclers. As an e-Steward Enterprise, Samsung holds its recyclers accountable for environmentally responsible recycling, including no landfill, incineration, or export to developing countries of hazardous electronic wastes as commonly defined. Last year, in 2010, Samsung responsibly recycled over 50 million pounds of e-waste across the U.S., most of which was done voluntarily.
The Sony Take Back Recycling Program was the first national recycling initiative to involve both a major electronics manufacturer and a national waste management company. Since its inception in 2007, Sony has established a goal of collecting a pound of electronics for every pound it produces. To date Sony has collected and recycled more than 43 million pounds of electronics.