On Monday, the Consumer Electronics Association announced that participants in the eCycling Leadership Initiative managed to recycle 460 million pounds of consumer electronics in 2011. This number is even more impressive when you consider that this is more than one and a half times the 300 million pounds that was recycled in 2010. Drop-off locations increased from 5,000 in 2010 to 7,500 in 2011. The CEA also reports that 96% of all the recycling was performed by certified third-party recycling facilities.
This is an important step in the right direction. The program has set an ambitious goal of 1 billion pounds recycled in 2016, which will keep a football-stadium’s worth of waste out of our nation’s landfills.
If you want to participate by recycling your unwanted consumer electronic devices, you can find the nearest drop-off location at the GreenerGadgets website.