Washington - MRM, the Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Management Company, has received the Plug-In To eCycling's TV Recycling Challenge award, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program.
The TV Recycling Challenge is a national competition started this year, calling upon television manufacturers and electronics retailers to partner in creative ways to increase responsible recycling and collection practices for end-of-life TVs in 2009 and beyond, the company said.
MRM said it was picked for the honor over several other programs after being evaluated on the basis of its partnerships, innovation, longevity, consumer outreach, accessibility, pounds of TVs collected and ability to ensure that responsible recycling practices are followed.
In making the award, EPA cited MRM's "wide reach" and "different approaches to collecting TVs, including working with charities and self storage units."
"By participating in the TV Recycling Challenge, companies like MRM demonstrate leadership and innovation in conserving energy and resources through recycling electronics," said Matt Hale, director, office of resource conservation and recovery, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. "MRM is to be commended for providing people opportunities to recycle, especially at a time when people were increasingly looking for ways to safely get rid of their old TVs."
The challenge was created this year by the EPA to raise public awareness of the importance of responsible recycling of televisions and to recognize significant achievement by manufacturers and retailers in providing convenient and consistent ways for consumers to safely recycle their old TVs. Overall, since the Plug-In To eCycling program began in 2003, partners have recycled more than 200 million pounds of electronics, including televisions as well as computers and cellphones.
"MRM is thrilled and honored to receive this prestigious award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, recognizing our commitment to properly recycle televisions and our program's success in making it convenient for consumers to do so," said David Thompson, MRM president. "The MRM program is designed to be easily scalable, and in its first three years alone has established some 390 drop-off sites located throughout all 50 states, and we are continuing to grow both the number of recycling collection sites and the number of manufacturers who use MRM's services."
MRM, the Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Management Company, was founded in 2007, by Panasonic, Sharp and Toshiba. MRM said it seeks to provide a platform for all electronics manufactures and retailers to contribute to the development and management of a sustainable recycling system for electronic products. MRM welcomed Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America as a sponsor company in July and expects additional manufacturers to join this innovative national recycling program in the near future, it said.