Waste & Recycling News; October 15, 2010
Panasonic Corp. of North America is the first electronics manufacturer to sponsor the State Electronics Challenge, a voluntary program administered by the Northeast Recycling Council Inc. that encourages state, regional, and local governments, including schools and other public entities, to purchase greener electronics, reduce the impacts of those products and manage obsolete electronics safely.
More than $35 billion worth of technology equipment is purchased annually by state and local governments and the State Electronics Challenge helps them become leaders and face the new challenges posed by this waste stream. The SEC primarily targets desktop and laptop/portable computers, computer monitors and computer peripherals.
"Panasonic is committed to being environmentally responsible and ensuring that electronics are managed appropriately at end-of-life and being part of the States Electronics Challenge allows us to work closely with the government at all levels to ensure it is done right," said David Thompson, director, corporate environmental department at Panasonic.
The company also announced a goal to grow its nationwide recycling program to include at least 800 convenient drop-off sites by next year. To date, Panasonic has recycled more than 20 million pounds of electronics.