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October 9, 2012

E-WASTE RECYCLING EFFORT IN HAWAII BY MRM AND ERI SURPASSES 1.4 MILLION POUND MARK 

Honolulu, HI— Partnering with the Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Management Company (MRM), in an effort to properly recycle unwanted consumer electronics in the state of Hawaii, Electronic Recyclers International (ERI), announced today that the organizations have now collected and recycled well over 1.4 million pounds of electronic waste since launching the initiative a little more than two years ago.


Through permanent drop off locations and community collection events across the Hawaiian islands, the initiative by MRM and ERI has provided and continues to provide the community an opportunity to safely unload their old computers, television sets and other out-dated, unusable or unwanted consumer electronic items for proper recycling that is safe and environmentally sound.


ERI, the largest recycler of electronic waste in the nation, partnering with MRM and a local recycling organization in Hawaii, safely recycles all e-waste collected across the Hawaiian islands (including Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Oahu, and Hawaii’s Big Island).

 

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September 20, 2012

MRM Companies Support EPA Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) CHallenge

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the Sustainable Materials Management (SSM) Electronics Challenge on September 20, 2012. This is a cooperative, voluntary program for electronics manufacturers and retailers that aligns them with two basic EPA goals: (1) improve management of used electronics by increasing the amount of used electronics that are collected and recycled through certified third-party refurbishers and recyclers; and, (2) increase transparency and accountability through public posting of electronics collection and recycling data.

 

Panasonic Corporation of North America and Sharp Electronics Corporation, two of the companies that founded MRM, are participating in the EPA’s SMM Challenge and look forward to assisting the EPA in meeting national goals for eWaste recycling. 

For more information on EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management approach and the Electronics Challenge, click here.

Peter Fannon, Panasonic Corporation of North America’s Vice President for Corporate & Government Affairs and MRM Member Committee Board Chair, joins EPA Deputy Assistant Administrator for Solid Waste and Emergency Response Lisa Feldt at the announcement of the EPA SMM Electronics Challenge at Vintage Tech Recyclers, a certified electronics recycling facility in Romeoville, Ill.

 

Peter Fannon, Panasonic Corporation of North America’s Vice President for Corporate & Government Affairs and MRM Member Committee Board Chair, joins corporate leaders from Best Buy, Sharp and others in committing to the EPA SMM Electronics Challenge.” 2

Peter Fannon, Panasonic Corporation of North America’s Vice President for Corporate & Government Affairs and MRM Member Committee Board Chair, joins EPA Deputy Assistant Administrator for Solid Waste and Emergency Response Lisa Feldt at the announcement of the EPA SMM Electronics Challenge at Vintage Tech Recyclers, a certified electronics recycling facility in Romeoville, Ill

 

November 10, 2009

MRM WINS FIRST NATIONAL "PLUG-IN TO eCYCLING TV RECYCLING CHALLENGE" FROM U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

MRM has won the Plug-In To eCycling’s TV Recycling Challenge, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program. The TV Recycling Challenge is a national competition started this year, calling upon television manufacturers and electronics retailers to partner in creative ways to increase responsible recycling and collection practices for end-of-life TVs in 2009 and beyond.

MRM was tapped for the honor over several other programs after being evaluated 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. In making the award, EPA cited MRM’s “wide reach” and “different approaches to collecting TVs, including working with charities and self storage units.”

"By participating in the TV recycling Challenge, companies like MRM demonstrate leadership and innovation in conserving energy and resources through recycling electronics,” said Matt Hale, Director, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “MRM is to be commended for providing people opportunities to recycle, especially at a time when people were increasingly looking for ways to safely get rid of their old TVs."

The Challenge was created this year by the EPA to raise public awareness of the importance of responsible recycling of televisions and to recognize significant achievement by manufacturers and retailers in providing convenient and consistent ways for consumers to safely recycle their old TVs. Overall, since the Plug-In To eCycling program began in 2003, partners have recycled more than 200 million pounds of electronics, including televisions as well as computers and cell phones.

“MRM is thrilled and honored to receive this prestigious award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, recognizing our commitment to properly recycle televisions and our program’s success in making it convenient for consumers to do so,” said David Thompson, MRM President. “The MRM program is designed to be easily scalable, and in its first three years alone has established some 390 drop-off sites located throughout all 50 states, and we are continuing grow both the number of recycling collection sites and the number of manufacturers who use our MRM’s services.”

 

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January 7, 2009

MRM ESTABLISHES NATIONWIDE PROGRAM FOR RESPONSIBLE, CONVENIENT ELECTRONICS RECYCLING

Panasonic, Sharp and Toshiba to Utilize MRM Services to Operate Individual Nationwide Manufacturer Recycling Programs.

MRM, a leading provider of e-waste recycling management services to manufacturers, announced that it has established a national recycling infrastructure that manufacturers can utilize to provide convenient recycling opportunities for consumers. Beginning January 15, 2009 the MRM Recycling network will provide recycling opportunities at 280 locations with at least one recycling center located in each state, making it one of the most comprehensive national recycling networks. MRM will continue to expand its program and expects to have established at least 800 drop-off locations by 2011.

Consumers can drop off Panasonic, Sharp and Toshiba brand consumer audio and video electronics products for recycling at any one of the 280 locations nationwide.

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January 7, 2008

TOP ELECTRONIC BRANDS FORM NEW RECYCLING COMPANY

Three leading electronics brands have established a new electronic product recycling management company, Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Management Company, LLC (MRM), to manage collection and recycling programs in the United States. 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.

 

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