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Panasonic To Hold N.J. Recycling Event At Headquarters

9/08/2010 10:05:37 AM Eastern

Secaucus,
N.J. - Panasonic Corporation of North America is hosting a free CE recycling
collection event for consumers at its hometown, here, in October.

The
event will be held at Panasonic's corporate campus at 50 Meadowlands Parkway in
Secaucus on Saturday, Oct. 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Panasonic's northern
New Jersey neighbors are welcome to recycle their consumer electronics items,
including televisions, VCRs, stereos, video monitors, computers, printers,
cellphones and more. This is strictly a consumer event, and businesses are not
invited to participate, the company said. 

Panasonic
already has more than 640 locations in its voluntary nationwide recycling
program and holds scores of events across the country every year, helping
ensure that millions of pounds of electronics are properly disposed, the manufacturer
said.  

David
Thompson, director of the corporate environmental department, Panasonic
Corporation of North America, said in a statement: "In addition to Panasonic's
widely recognized environmental responsibility for its manufacturing, sourcing,
transportation and sales activities, we seek to ensure we have a positive
impact on the surrounding environments where we operate.  Panasonic is
pleased to host this local drop-off event to provide another easy, responsible
recycling opportunity for our Secaucus-area community and to help alert others
about the services Panasonic offers for recycling consumer electronics."

Panasonic
said it is committed to recycling its end-of-life products properly, and has
announced a goal to grow its nationwide recycling program to include at least
800 drop-off sites by next year.  

To
date, Panasonic has recycled 20 million pounds of electronics. Panasonic
subscribes to strict electronic product recycling standards, including that no
products be exported for recycling.  

In
addition, to support effective and responsible recycling, Panasonic founded MRM
(Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Management Company), together with Sharp
and Toshiba, and in 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
declared the joint venture the first-ever winner of the Plug-In To
eCycling TV Recycling Challenge Award. MRM was awarded the honor over
other programs 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. 

Since
MRM was established in 2007, the company has been responsible for recycling
more than 55 million pounds of electronics.

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