At the Sharp, (Toshiba and Panasonic) end of US recycling

07 January 2008

A joint venture between Sharp Electronics Corporation, Toshiba America Consumer Products, and Panasonic Corporation of North America has resulted in the formation of a new electronic product recycling management company.

Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Management Company, LLC (MRM), will operate a collection and recycling programme in Minnesota and beyond; providing a service to electronics manufacturers as well as state and local governments.

The company has primarily been set-up to serve the needs of electronics manufacturers who will be responsible for the take-back of products under new electronic waste recycling laws, as well as consumers in need of electronic recycling opportunities. The new company's first activities are focused on providing cost effective services to manufacturers who must satisfy the recently enacted requirements in Minnesota for the recycling of used electronic products.

In addition to planning for recycling programmes in several states from late 2008 or 2009, MRM is also positioned to offer recycling services as needed in other states, or even on a national scale. Their aim is to work with stakeholders in order to develop a viable, long-term national solution.

“We believe that forming an independent company to manage collective electronic recycling programmes is the best way to achieve the economies of scale and efficiencies necessary to create a sustainable recycling system for used electronics products,” said David Thompson, MRM President. “MRM has already entered into collection and recycling agreements with Hitachi Electronics, JVC, Mitsubishi, Philips, Pioneer, Sanyo and Olevia brand maker Syntax-Brillian, and looks forward to working with other manufacturers,” he added.

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Commissioner Brad Moore praised the company's work by stating; “In the first five months since Minnesota's new electronic recycling law took effect, MRM collected approximately 750 tons of used products. We are pleased with MRM's effort in being the first manufacturer organisation to offer convenient recycling service to citizens in all parts of our state, and hope it works to decrease illegal dumping of waste electronic products.”

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