The Manufacturers Recycling Management Company — MRM — is a joint venture between Panasonic, Sharp, and Toshiba to encourage the recycling of consumer electronics in the U.S. Panasonic announced Tuesday that an additional 30 recycling sites have been added, bringing the total to 310 with coverage in all 50 states. These sites will accept any Panasonic, Sharp, or Toshiba consumer electronics for recycling at no charge; they will also accept other brands and types of electronics, though there may be a charge for those at some sites.
You can find the nearest drop-off site by going to the MRM Web site: http://www.mrmrecycling.com/collection_map.htm. You’ll find the information you need about dropping off your unwanted electronics.
The disposal of used electronics is a major problem in this country, as these devices can contain a number of substances that can be bad for the environment. Even without the consideration of hazardous materials, the sheer volume of devices has a major impact on landfill usage. Consider for a moment that more than 100 million cell phones are sold each year in this country, and most of those are replacing an older phone. That’s a huge amount of waste right there. Add the televisions, VCRs, DVD players, and other electronics, and you’ve got a small mountain. Recycling programs such as MRM help keep some of these electronic devices out of the waste stream, and recovers many of the materials for reuse in new products. So check the MRM site or the EPA’s site before you chuck your old electronics in the trash.