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EPA Announces Winner of the TV Recycling Challenge in Celebration of America Recycles Day

Release Date: 11/09/2009
Contact Information: Latisha Petteway, petteway.latisha@epa.gov, 202-564-3191, 202-564-4355

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is recognizing Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Management Company (MRM) as the winner of the National TV Recycling Challenge for responsibly recycling approximately 3 million pounds of TVs. 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. As America Recycle Day approaches on November 15, 2009, EPA encourages everyone to step up their recycling efforts to conserve resources and save energy.

The TV Recycling Challenge is part of EPA’s Plug-In To eCycling program, which is a partnership between EPA and leading consumer electronics companies. The program seeks to increase public awareness of the importance of donating and recycling used electronics, and fostering opportunities for individuals to eCycle.

More information on the TV Recycling Challenge and recycling electronics: http://www.epa.gov/plugin