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Electronics Recycling Sets Record

ecyclingThe consumer electronics industry recycled a record 620 million pounds of electronics in the United States in 2013.

The amount is more than double the total of three years ago, as reported in the Third Annual Report of the eCycling Leadership Initiative, released by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).

The 2013 US E-cycling total is an increase of 35 million pounds over the 2012 level (585 million pounds) and more than twice the amount recycled in 2010 (300 million pounds).

The eCycling Leadership Initiative has a goal to increase the amount of recycled to one billion pounds annually by 2016, its Billion Pound Challenge

The report also said:

  • Apple, Best Buy, Dell, and DIRECTV each recycled more than 125 percent of the consumer hardware recycling goals set by CEA for 2013;
  • By the end of last year, more than 99 percent recycling by eCycling Leadership Initiative participants was conducted in third-party certified recycling facilities;
  • More than 8,000 responsible recycling locations are now available to consumers throughout the continental US, Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.
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