CEA Releases Report on Electronics Recycling

Consumer Electronics Association says recycling rate for electronics increased by 27 percent in 2012.

May 1, 2013
Recycling Today Staff

The Consumer Electronics Association, (CEA), Arlington, Va., has released its Second Annual Report of the eCycling Leadership Initiative.

Highlights of the report include:

  • 585 million pounds of electronics were recycled in 2012 by CEA companies working in the eCycling Leadership Initiative – an industry effort spearheaded by CEA designed to increase collaboration among consumer electronics manufacturers, retailers, collectors, recyclers, nongovernmental organizations and governments at all levels. That is a 27 percent increase compared with 2011 (460 million pounds) and a total increase of 95 percent since 2010 (300 million pounds).
  • As of April 2013, there are more than 8,000 recycling locations nationwide.
  • By the end of 2012, 99 percent of the recycling handled by eCycling Leadership Initiative participants was conducted in third-party certified recycling facilities.

“The consumer electronics industry has recycled more than 1.3 billion pounds of electronics since the inception of the eCycling Leadership Initiative,” says Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the CEA. “That’s more than enough to fill a 71,000-seat NFL stadium. Electronics recycling is a national issue and merits a national approach. CEA continues to push for a national solution for eCycling to eliminate the costly patchwork of state regulations.”

“We want to make recycling electronics as easy as purchasing electronics,” says Walter Alcorn, CEA vice president of environmental affairs and industry sustainability. “Through the efforts of the Initiative participants and CEA’s efforts to promote eCycling directly to consumers via GreenerGadgets.org, we have made great progress toward that goal.”