Electronics Recycling Is Making Gains, Says EPADespite challenges, EPA says recycled electronics programs are growing.
We sure do throw out a lot of electronic junk. The Environmental Protection Agency today said its recycling program, eCycling, collected and recycled close to 67 million pounds of used electronics in 2008, nearly a 30% increase over 2007.
In 2008, eCyclings's Plug-In partners prevented the release of greenhouse gases equal to the annual emissions from approximately 15,500 cars, the EPA said.
Not all the electronics recycling news is good of course. In November, just over half of 17 major television makers in the US scored an "F" grade when it came to recycling old television sets, according to a survey carried out by recycling pressure group the Electronics TakeBack Coalition.
Among the nine companies that were ranked "F" were Vizio, which held fourth place in LCD (liquid crystal display) TV sales in the third quarter, and Sanyo was ranked fifth in plasma TV shipments in the same period. The other companies -- all scored F because they have no voluntary takeback program -- were Funai, Hitachi, JVC, Mitsubishi, Philips, Thomson and Target, said the ETBC which is a group of non-profit organizations promoting responsible recycling and green design in the electronics industry.
Not to mention the fact that the Government Accountability Office late last year lambasted the EPA and electronics recycling efforts in general saying many US companies are dumping everything from cell phones and old computers to televisions in countries such as China and India where disposal practices are unsafe to people and dangerous to the environment. Controlling the exportation of all of the e-waste plops on the doorstep of the US Environmental Protection Agency which is doing a woeful job, according to a scathing 67-page GAO report.
At the time the EPA said the GAO report may not offer a "complete and balanced picture of the agency's electronic waste program."
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