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Plug-In to Earth Week by eCycling

Release Date: 04/23/2008
Contact Information: Roxanne Smith, (202) 564-4355 / smith.roxanne@epa.gov

(Washington, D.C. – April 23, 2008) Join your friends and neighbors during Earth Week by recycling your unwanted electronics at collection events across the U.S. EPA encourages consumers to use EPA’s Plug-In To eCycling partner programs to recycle cell phones, TVs, computers, and other electronics. Recycling an old computer or cell phone can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save energy, and conserve natural resources.

EPA’s Plug-In To eCycling partnership includes consumer electronic manufacturers and retailers who work to increase safe recycling of electronic products. The partners offer different recycling options to consumers including take-back or trade-in programs in stores or online, support for recycling programs, and new partnerships to facilitate collections. A sample of electronics recycling activities during Earth Week includes:

    • Nokia is hosting an electronics collection event in San Diego, Calif., on April 26.
    • Best Buy is sponsoring several electronics collection events across Michigan on April 26: Flint; Novi; Grand Rapids; Madison Heights; Ann Arbor; and, Farmington. Best Buy is also sponsoring an electronics recycling event in Blossom Hill, Calif., from April 26-27.

As a result of their collaborative efforts in 2007, Plug-In partners recycled or reused more than 47 million pounds of consumer electronics, mostly computers, televisions, and cell phones. The environmental benefit of recycling these electronics is equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions from approximately 24,000 passenger cars. Since the Plug-In program’s inception in 2003, partners have recycled, more than 142 million pounds of electronics via collaborative and voluntary efforts.


Plug-In To eCycling partners include AT&T, Best Buy, Dell, eBay’s Rethink initiative, HP, Intel, JVC, Lexmark, LG, Motorola, NEC Display, Office Depot, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Sony Ericsson, Sprint, Staples, T-Mobile, Toshiba, Verizon and Wal-Mart.

Information on Plug-In partners’ eCycling events:
http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/osw/conserve/plugin/events08.htm

More information on where to recycle: epa.gov/e-cycling/donate.htm

EPA’s Plug-In To eCycling site: epa.gov/plug-in