Sony Electronics has added recycling kiosks at more than 80 retailers so far, with more in the works.
Sony’s stated goal is to accept a pound of recycled electronics for every pound it produces.
Sony’s GreenFill recycling service is an extension of its Take Back program. It’s intended for smaller electronics such as cameras, portable music devices, alarm clocks, rechargeable batteries, digital photo frames, camcorders, GPS navigation systesm, small laptops, cell phones and portable gaming devices.
Sony accepts all brands of these items. Previously, Sony charged a fee for taking in non-Sony items, reports FastCompany.
Larger Sony branded electronics can be dropped off at its 270 recycling centers. Sony charges a fee for larger items of other brands.
Since Sony’s Take Back Recycling program began, more than 14 million pounds of electronic waste have been collected, according to a press release.
Electronics manufacturers and retailers are stepping up their recycling efforts with additional drop-off or trade-in locations.
Panasonic Corporation of North America’s expanded its Nationwide Recycling Program, with 30 additional drop-off sites in the Southeastern United States including Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. The expansion brings the current number of drop-off locations to 310 nationwide.
Customers of Sharp and Toshiba can use the recycling sites as part of their relationship with Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Management Company LLC (MRM), a joint venture established in 2007 by Panasonic, Sharp Electronics Corporation and Toshiba America Consumer Products, LLC, and Creative Recycling Systems, Inc.