New York - LG used a hotel/motel trade show here Monday to announce a new facet to its e-waste recycling efforts, enabling hotel operators to responsibly dispose of outdated televisions sets and computer monitors.
The expanded program continues to work with LG's recycling partner, Waste Management subsidiary WM Recycle America, to cost-effectively dispose of outdated electronics equipment through more than 200 recycling reclamation centers across the country. Although these centers have been open to LG consumer customers for the past year, they will now begin to accept LG products from eligible hotel and motel operators, the company said.
LG will also assist hoteliers in working with WM to recycle the packaging from the new LG flat-panel HDTVs and computer monitors being installed in their properties.
LG said that in 2010 alone, hundreds of hotels are expected to upgrade thousands of rooms with energy-efficient LG flat-panel digital TVs, which will displace older analog picture tube TVs.
"This program will encourage hotel operators to dispose of outdated electronics in an environmentally responsible manner," stated Teddy Hwang, LG Electronics USA president. This initiative "further supports LG's global sustainability initiative that also encompasses energy conservation, reduction of hazardous substances and responsible product designs," he noted.
Under the program, hotel TVs and computer monitors collected at the drop-off sites will be processed in an environmentally responsible manner at one of four regionally designated Waste Management e-cycling facilities that are ISO 14001 and 9001 certified to protect the local environment in those communities. Waste Management also observes U.S. Environmental Protection Agency R2 Standards electronic waste management.
"As the lodging industry seeks to increase its environmentally conscious initiatives, the LG program gives hotel operators the opportunity to conveniently recycle electronic waste responsibly and economically," stated Patrick DeRueda, WM Recycle America president. "This program also demonstrates our shared commitment to providing outstanding customer service and leadership in environmental stewardship as well as helping us towards one of our sustainability goals of nearly tripling the amount of recyclables we process by 2020."
LG's Hwang commented: "this means hotel operators, together with LG and Waste Management, can do their part to improve recycling and reduce the environmental impact of waste products. The explosive growth of electronics products over the years, coupled with the rapid replacement of millions of analog TVs as consumers and hotels upgrade to flat-panel HDTVs underscores the need for companies like LG to help provide responsible end-of-life solutions."