Michiganders recycled more than 3 pounds of electronics per person in 2013March 11, 2014
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Michiganders recycled more than 30 million pounds of unwanted electronics in 2013, exceeding the DEQ goal of three pounds per person.
The Michigan Electronics Takeback Program, implemented in 2009, provides opportunities for consumers and small businesses to recycle their unwanted TVs, desktop and laptop computers, tablets, computer monitors and printers at no cost. This allows the valuable commodities electronics contain – such as copper, silver and gold – to be reused.
Forty-three different electronic manufacturers registered with the program reported recycling electronics from Michiganders during 2013. The top recycler was Samsung at 4.67 million pounds, followed by Hewlett-Packard at 4.26 million pounds, LG Electronics at 3.99 million pounds, Best Buy at 3.28 million pounds and Dell at 3.24 million pounds.
Other electronics manufacturers exceeding 1 million pounds recycled include Funai (encompassing Emerson Radio, Magnavox and Phillips products), Panasonic and Sony Electronics.
For more information about the program visit the Electronic Takeback webpage at http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3585_4130_18096-208087--,00.html or contact the DEQ’s Office of Waste Management and Radiological Protection, Sustainable Material Management Unit at 517-284-6588 or P.O. Box 30241, Lansing, Mich. 48909 7741.