September 25, 2012

Background Information on the SMM Electronics Challenge

Last week was a big week for Vintage Tech Recyclers. We hosted EPA Deputy Assistant Administrator for Solid Waste and Emergency Response Lisa Feldt, as well as representatives for Best Buy, LG Electronics, Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp, Sprint, and Staples.


All of these people were at our headquarters to sign the Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge. If you followed us on here, Facebook, or Twitter, you are well aware of the signing.


However, we would like to take a moment to give you a more detailed look at what it really means for these companies who signed the challenge.


Essentially, these companies promised to 100 percent of all of the used electronics that they collect to third-party electronics recyclers, such as Vintage Tech. Not only that, but the recyclers they use must be fully certified, just as we are, to ensure that the most ethically and environmentally conscious practices are used.


Once beginning this challenge, participants must submit baseline data on how their current recycling situation is going within 90 days. Afterward, they must submit data on their progress to the EPA. The SMM Electronics Challenge requires the participants to remain accountable by making their data readily available for both the EPA and the public.


This is a huge step for the environment, as well as electronics and Vintage Tech. We are very excited to see what’s in store for the future of electronics recycling!