Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the company with the 2017 Cutting Edge Champion Award for its Galaxy Upcycling program and the Gold Tier Award for its U.S. e-scrap collection efforts.
The Galaxy Upcycling program allows Galaxy phone owners to retrofit the hardware and software of antiquated, used Galaxy phones into new technology products, such as closed-circuit TVs, gaming consoles and internet of things (IoT) devices. The program puts the tools for transforming devices into new technology in consumers’ hands by providing them with necessary software changes and suggested hardware changes that enable new functionality, Samsung says. The program was created from the company’s innovation hub, C-Lab, and will launch in 2018.
“In an effort to curb e-waste and extend the life cycle of our existing technology, we introduced the Galaxy Upcycling program, which repurposes technology resources into new devices,” says Michael Lawder, senior vice president of customer care at Samsung Electronics America. “We’re honored to receive the Cutting Edge Champion Award for this program and our efforts to extend a products’ life cycle by repurposing its functionality.”
“Samsung’s creative reinvention of old electronics through their unique upcycling program is environmental ingenuity at its finest,” says EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “I commend Samsung for their innovative efforts to turn old smartphones into new technology products, and I encourage others to follow their lead.”
Samsung also was recognized for its long-term commitment to the proper recycling of electronics in the U.S. In 2016, the company’s electronics recycling program collected and recycled more than 118 million pounds of e-scrap in the U.S., which made it one of the world’s biggest collectors of this material. Samsung is being recognized in this category for the fourth year in a row.
The awards were presented to the company in Las Vegas at a ceremony during CES 2018 in early January.