Waste Management Recycle America (WM Recycle America) has announced its commitment to adopt the Electronics Recycler’s Pledge of True Stewardship for the dismantling and recycling of electronics waste (e-waste). Signatory companies of the pledge are required, among other things, to prevent hazardous e-waste from entering municipal incinerators or landfills; to prevent the export of such e-waste to developing countries; and to provide visible tracking of e-waste throughout the product recycling chain. The pledge confirms that the company will conduct its electronics recycling (eCycling) programs transparently and in accord with rigorous environmental and worker safety standards.
To encourage consumers to dispose of electronic devices in an environmentally sound manner, WM Recycle America has partnered with Sony and LG Electronics, two of the nation’s largest consumer electronics brands, allowing their customers to drop off for free all of their Sony, LG, Zenith or GoldStar branded electronics waste at more than 150 eCycling drop-off centers across the country. WM Recycle America plans to have at least one location in every state through a combination of WM Recycle America locales and WM external service partners; the programs are working towards the goal of having a recycling center within 20 miles of 95 percent of the U. S. population. Other electronic manufacturers’ materials can also be dropped off for a fee.