EPA Challenges Corporations to Help Recycle Electronics

Washington -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accelerated the drive toward a multi-corporation approach to electronic recycling (e-cycling) in the United States. The Consumer Electronics Show, held Jan. 9 through 12 in Las Vegas, was the launch site for the EPA’s Plug-In to Recycling Campaign, a partnership with several electronics manufacturers.

The goal of the campaign is to increase the national recycling rate from 30 to 35 percent and to cut the generation of 30 harmful chemicals by 2005. Dell, Sony Corp., Panasonic and AT&Wireless are among the early supporters of the EPA’s recycling drive, and selected Best Buy stores will be drop-off sites for some electronics. According to Dell’s website, the company will take back any brand of computer for recycling.