The combined efforts of companies participating in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Challenge achieved notable environmental results this year. By rethinking business and committing to innovation and eco-friendly operations, companies collectively diverted nearly 276,000 tons of end-of-life electronics from the landfill (primarily via third-party certified recyclers) and avoided the equivalent of more than 724,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. These reductions were the equivalent of taking more than 140,000 passenger vehicles off the road for an entire year.
CTA supports EPA in its effort to highlight tech companies finding environmentally responsible ways to use product’s materials throughout its life cycle. Through the SMM Electronics Challenge, EPA recognizes companies that successfully commit to innovative and responsible end-of-life electronics management.
The 2018 award recipients were honored this past March during a special ceremony at CTA’s office in Arlington, VA. Winners earned recognition for completing tier-based requirements at the bronze, silver or gold level, demonstrating strong leadership and commitment to reducing material waste.
Here are the tier-based SMM winners.
EPA presented its Champion Awards in the categories of Product, Non-Product and Cutting Edge to recognize companies with strong leadership, innovative processes and environmentally friendly products.
The consumer tech industry continues to work to be more environmentally friendly, in both its products and operations. According to one study by the Rochester Institute of Technology’s (RIT) Golisano Center for Sustainability, since 2001, recycling weights have decreased because devices are becoming smaller, thinner and lighter.
In addition to companies delivering more sustainable products to consumers, they are also focused on material selection to ensure higher recyclability
Learn more about the SMM Challenge and how companies are extending the lives of tech products by visiting www.epa.gov/smm-electronics. And for tips on living and buying green, or to find your nearest recycling facility, visit GreenerGadgets.org.