OEM's FAIL RECYCLING REPORT CARD

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OEM's FAIL RECYCLING REPORT CARD

 user 2010-11-03 at 9:14:20 am Views: 61
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    http://www.siliconrepublic.com/green-tech/item/18406-electronic-companies-flunk/
    OEM’s FAIL RECYCLING REPORT CARD
    Electronic companies flunk take-back test
    clik on this link to see the report card
    http://www.environmentalleader.com/2010/10/19/dell-samsung-asus-receive-high-grades-for-recycling/?graph=full&id=1
    A
    new report card that grades computer, television, printer and game
    console companies on their efforts to take back and recycle their old
    products has singled out which companies are underachievers.The
    Electronics TakeBack Coalition recycling report, released in advance of
    the US holiday buying season, examined electronic companies across the
    board and most of them made the recycling grade but others, namely
    printer companies and some TV companies, performed poorly.The highest
    marks went to Dell, Samsung and Asus, while other companies displayed a
    decline in achievement – including Brother, Kodak, Lexmark, Philips,
    Funai, Epson and RCA

    Responsible recycling
    The overall
    performance of companies was poor in the “responsible recycling”
    category, which requires transparency in recycling policies, vendor
    requirements and vendors used, as well as giving the most credit to
    companies whose recyclers are qualified under the e-Stewards
    program.“Announcing that you have a take-back program really isn’t
    enough,” said Robin Schneider, executive director of the Texas Campaign
    for the Environment, and vice-chair of the Electronics TakeBack
    Coalition.“Most electronics companies have some kind of take-back
    program – but what we are looking at is whether these programs are
    actually effective in collecting their old products, and are making sure
    they are not just being exported to developing nations,” Schneider
    said.
    Dishonourable mention

    Despite their achievement in
    receiving a ‘B’, technology giant Samsung also received a “dishonourable
    mention” in the report; due to concerns over its occupational health
    record in Korean manufacturing plants where many young workers have been
    diagnosed with blood cancers, resulting in numerous deaths.Apart from
    HP, all printer companies flunked the report card for varying reasons,
    such as supplying no take-back programme for old equipment (Brother and
    Kodak) or do not provide physical take back (Epson, Lexmark, and
    Canon).“If you don’t offer physical collection sites or events, you are
    not serious about your take-back program.  With so many cheap consumer
    printers being practically disposable these days, the printer companies
    should be doing a lot more to make sure they get their old equipment
    back,” said Barbara Kyle, national co-ordinator of the electronics
    TakeBack Coalition.“Most of the printer companies simply offer mail-back
    recycling programs, but statistics show that people won’t mail back
    larger products like printers.”This year’s report card included
    televisions, computers, printers and game console companies. A toner
    take-back report card is in the works.Companies were graded on whether
    their products were being recycled responsibly, how they were promoting
    loop recycling, transparency in reporting, and positions on government
    policies related to recycling.For an explanation of how the companies
    were graded, click here     http://www.electronicstakeback.com

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUS185197692920101020
    OEM’s FAIL RECYCLING REPORT CARD
    The
    Electronics TakeBack Coalition released a new report card today that
    grades computer, television, printer, and game console companies on
    their efforts to take back and recycle their old products. Most of the
    manufacturers passed muster, but most printer companies and some TV ones
    flunked.

    The highest marks go to Dell , Samsung , and Asus, but
    there were still some companies with failing grades, including Brother,
    Kodak , Lexmark , Philips, Funai ,  Epson, and RCA .

    Samsung also
    got a “dishonorable mention” because of concerns about their
    occupational health record at manufacturing plants in Korea where many
    young workers have been diagnosed with blood cancers and several have
    already died.”Announcing that you have a takeback program really isn’t
    enough,” said Robin Schneider, Executive Director of the Texas Campaign
    for the Environment, and Vice Chair of the Electronics TakeBack
    Coalition. “Most electronics companies have some kind of takeback
    program–but what we are looking at is whether these programs are
    actually effective in collecting their old products, and are making sure
    they are not just being exported to developing nations.”

    Key grading criteria:
    -
    How extensive are the takeback programs, especially in states that
    don’t have strong laws requiring them to do so, including: How many
    collection sites are in each state? How much volume is coming back?

    - Are products being recycled responsibly (not exported)

    - What are the companies doing to promote reuse and closed loop recycling?

    - Transparency in reporting

    - Positions on government policies related to recycling

    The
    printer industry generally scored the lowest marks–all failed except
    for HP–as well as a few TV manufacturers like Funai (5th largest U.S.
    seller), RCA, and Philips.”If you don’t offer physical collection sites
    or events, you are not serious about your takeback program. With so many
    cheap consumer printers being practically disposable these days, the
    printer companies should be doing a lot more to make sure they get their
    old equipment back,” said Barbara Kyle, National Coordinator of the
    Electronics TakeBack Coalition. “Most of the printer companies simply
    offer mailback recycling programs, but statistics show that people won’t
    mail back larger products like printers.”

    Companies generally
    performed poorly in the “responsible recycling” category, which requires
    transparency in recycling policies, vendor requirements, and vendors
    used, as well as giving the most credit to companies whose recyclers are
    qualified under the e-Stewards program. The e-Stewards program
    evaluates electronics recyclers against the highest standards in the
    industry, including a ban on exporting toxic e-waste (included untested
    and non-working products) to developing countries. The program has
    evolved from a voluntary “Pledge” program into a certification program
    with a comprehensive standard and accredited third party auditors who
    certify whether a recycler conforms to the standard.”People are
    increasingly looking for ‘green’ electronics, and convenient and
    responsible recycling programs are a significant part of that picture,”
    said Robin Schneider. “Consumers should consider a company’s recycling
    program when they decide what to buy.”