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LG, Waste Management to Recycle Hotel TVs, Computer Monitors

tv - hotelA new program gives hotels an option for recycling their aging television sets and computer monitors. LG Electronics USA Inc. and Waste Management Inc. are partnering to offer the service.

The program, which launches in 2010, will have LG working with Waste Management subsidiary WM Recycle America LLC, according to a press release.

The two will offer recycling of old equipment, as well as packaging from new LG flat-panel TVs and computer monitors that are installed on site.

The new service comes as more and more states are adding laws that require electronics manufactures to pay for e-waste recycling.

Noting that most voluntary and state-mandated efforts across the country have been focused on consumer recycling efforts, Jason Linnell, Executive Director of the National Center for Electronics Recycling, called the new partnership “significant,” considering the millions of analog TVs being replaced in hotel rooms nationwide.

What to do with e-waste is a hotly contested subject. The Consumer Electronic Association and the Information Technology Industry Council months ago filed a lawsuit against a New York City e-recycling law (PDF), calling it unconstitutional. The law mandates that manufacturers provide free, door-to-door electronics collection to city residents.

Just last week, a number of state and local government representatives signed a letter accusing the electronics industry of trying to usurp state rights.

In late September, the “Electronic Device Recycling and Research and Development Act,” which also would address the use of hazardous materials in the production of electronics, was introduced by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.).

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3 thoughts on “LG, Waste Management to Recycle Hotel TVs, Computer Monitors

  1. Why concentrate to USA.
    Why noy use other parts of world like Mideast.

    I have been trying to upgrade my LG washing machine (semi automatic 3 year use V good condition) to fully automatic one and trying to talk to LG people in Dubai but of no response.

    These multi Nationals do not have interest in waste or recycling untill & unless regulations are enforced or general public put pressure on them like in USA & EU on EPR laws, e-recycling, etc.

  2. How do we know LG is going to actually use these recycled goods in re-production of new materials. If this is the case then this is an excellent plan, how ever Statistics show most e-waste that is being recycling is being shipped over seas and sold for a quick buck. In most cases it’s actually illigeal for some of these countries to accept our e-waste becuase of the danger, and it’s being smuggled in by American companies. 82% of electronics are placed in landfills, 80% of recycled e-waste is shipped overseas.

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