SAMSUNG: LAUNCHES RECYCLING DIRECT IN 50 U.S. STATES
SAMSUNG: LAUNCHES RECYCLING DIRECT IN 50 U.S. STATES
2008-10-02 at 12:52:59 pm #20768
SAMSUNG RECYCLING DIRECTSM Launches in 174 Sites Across 50 States
Recycling Drives Held Across Samsung’s Facilities In The United States To Kick Off New Take-Back And Recycling Program For Consumer Electronics
RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J., Oct 2008 — Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today launched SAMSUNG RECYCLING DIRECTSM, its commitment to the take-back and recycling (TB&R) of Samsung consumer electronics across all of its product lines. Beginning today, consumers can bring their Samsung-branded consumer electronics sold in the United States to 174 fixed drop-off locations across all 50 states for recycling for no fee. The program will also accept non-Samsung-branded consumer electronics for a nominal fee paid directly to the recycler upon delivery of the e-waste. Home appliances are currently being taken back in a growing number of locations.
SAMSUNG RECYCLING DIRECT was announced on September 3, 2008. Today, Samsung unveiled additional information on this program at http://www.samsung.com/recyclingdirect. Consumers who visit the site can learn about the program, find recycling collection sites in all 50 states, and read about upcoming recycling drives to be held in many locations throughout the U.S. In addition, Samsung hosted recycling events for thousands of its employees at seven of its campuses in the United States, including Ridgefield Park, NJ; Mt. Arlington, NJ; Rancho Dominquez, CA; Richardson, TX; Austin, TX; San Diego, CA; and San Jose, CA.”We invited our employees to participate in the launch of SAMSUNG RECYCLING DIRECT by dropping off their consumer electronics at work, where we have collaborated with our respected recycling partners to accept retired electronics,” said DJ Oh, President and CEO, Samsung Electronics America. “Thousands of Samsung employees across the country demonstrated their shared commitment to the environment by recycling consumer electronics products, including mobile phones, televisions, cameras, VCRs, computers and monitors. We are truly inspired by this level of receptivity and participation.”As of today, Samsung has collected over 1.7 million pounds of consumer electronics through existing TB&R programs under Samsung’s control in certain states and its current 50-state initiatives for the TB&R of toner cartridges, mobile phones and office equipment. Today’s SAMSUNG RECYCLING DIRECT kick-off expands the scope of products that are now being collected in all 50 states and the convenience for consumers to responsibly recycle their consumer electronics. The program got off to a fast start as Samsung employees added their consumer electronics to the SAMSUNG RECYCLING DIRECT total that will be processed and recycled responsibly by Samsung’s leading recycling partners. These partners are obligated under the program not to incinerate, send to solid waste landfill, or export toxic waste (defined in a manner consistent with the commonly accepted definition of hazardous electronic waste) to developing countries. Details about our standards for responsible recycling are available at http://www.samsung.com/recyclingdirect.
On the website consumers can also find information regarding SAMSUNG RECYCLING DIRECT including the ability to search by zip code to find a detailed map and list of fixed drop-off locations in their area, as well as information on future recycling drives sponsored by Samsung, its retail and business partners, and its respected recyclers. In addition, the SAMSUNG RECYCLING DIRECT web site will serve as an ongoing reporting tool to showcase the results of this program.
“On September 3rd, 2008 Samsung set a goal of securing at least one SAMSUNG RECYCLING DIRECT location in each state by today’s launch. I am proud of Samsung’s progress in exceeding that goal and developing a 174 permanent site network, which we believe sets an industry precedent in making it easy and convenient for consumers to recycle their consumer electronics,” said Steven Cook, senior vice president and chief strategic marketing officer, Samsung Electronics America. “We are committed to providing a public record of our environmental progress, and are confident that we can raise the standards of consumer electronics recycling by working with an interdisciplinary Samsung team and a highly-qualified network of recycling partners, all of whom are governed by stringent standards & guidelines that ensure accountability, transparency and responsibility at every step along the way.”
SAMSUNG RECYCLING DIRECT provides four convenient ways for consumers to get involved:
1. Fixed Drop-off Locations: SAMSUNG RECYCLING DIRECT includes 174 static locations for participants to drop off consumer electronics in all 50 states. These drop-off locations are maintained by our partners and include a growing number of sites that will also accept home appliances. A list of fixed collection points can be found at: Locations.
2. Samsung- Sponsored Events: SAMSUNG RECYCLING DIRECT sponsors recycling events in all 50 states. A list of Samsung-sponsored take-back and recycling events can be found at http://www.samsung.com/recyclingdirect.
3. Samsung Drives with Retail and Business Partners: SAMSUNG RECYCLING DIRECT participates in consumer electronics recycling drives sponsored by Samsung with our retail partners and other business partners across the country. A regularly updated list of special retail and partner recycling drives can be found at http://www.samsung.com/recyclingdirect.
4. Non-Samsung-Sponsored Events: Consumers can recycle their Samsung-branded consumer electronics at pre-scheduled recycling drives sponsored by Samsung’s recycling partners. A regularly updated list of pre-scheduled recycling drives and non-Samsung sponsored events conducted by our recycling partners can be found at http://www.samsung.com/recyclingdirect.
“Samsung is proud of our history in providing innovative consumer electronics complemented by corporate initiatives designed to protect and preserve our natural resources. SAMSUNG RECYCLING DIRECT is further evidence of our values and we are confident that it will serve as a catalyst that enables convenient, efficient and increased recycling of consumer electronics across the country,” concluded Mr. Oh.