Consumer electronics industry sets recycling record

Report finds 620 million pounds of electronics were recycled in the U.S. last year.

April 22, 2014
Recycling Today Staff

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), Arlington, Va., has released its “Third Annual Report of the eCycling Leadership Initiative”  that shows a total of 620 million pounds of electronics were recycled in 2013, more than double the electronics collected for recycling three years ago.

The initiative is a consumer electronics (CE) industry effort, led by the CEA, to increase the collaboration among CE manufacturers, retailers, collectors, recyclers, non-governmental organizations and governments at all levels.

“We want to make recycling electronics as easy as purchasing electronics,” says Gary Shapiro, CEA president and CEO. “Electronics recycling is a national issue, and CEA continues to work toward a national solution to replace the complicated patchwork of rules that varies from state to state.”

The 2013 recycling level is an increase of 35 million pounds from the 2012 level of 585 million pounds and more than twice the 300 million pounds recycled in 2010.

In looking forward, Rich says the eCycling Leadership Initiative has established a goal of recycling 1 billion pounds of electronics by 2016. Additionally, the initiative says it plans to grow the number of collection opportunities available to consumers, improve consumer awareness of available electronics recycling collection sites and provide transparent metrics on electronics recycling efforts.

“The eCycling Leadership Initiative participants and CEA have made great progress educating consumers about how and where to responsibly recycle their electronics,” says Walter Alcorn, vice president of environmental affairs and industry sustainability, CEA. “Through easy-to-use online tools and consumer-focused campaigns more consumers are now aware of recycling opportunities available in their communities.”