E-legislation adds a whole new dimension to ‘green’

Apr 20, 2009 | 09:33 AM |

Corporate stewardship and responsibility toward the environment is becoming an ever-more-important part of the metals culture—a fact of life driven by increasingly strict state, regional and national regulations. So too with indium recovery from end-of-life products, which now stands as a key initiative for many electronics companies as they seek to conserve resources.

There's a definite incentive for end-of-life liquid crystal display (LCD) recycling as companies prepare for a wave of e-cycling laws expected to emerge in the coming years, according to the National Center for Electronics Recycling (NCER) in Parkersburg, W.Va. E-cycling laws will cover 50 percent of the U.S. population by 2011, the group said.

The number of LCDs reaching recyclers is almost non-existent currently, according to David Thompson, president of Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Management Co. LLC (MRM), a Washington-based recycling management firm that has been overseeing and organizing a national infrastructure e-cycling program through a joint partnership with flat-panel TV manufacturers like Panasonic Corp., Sharp Corp. and Toshiba Corp.

"LCD television recycling is going to be a requirement for us in the future," Thompson said, noting that the MRM partnership has been able to reduce overhead costs and maximize the cost effectiveness that comes with larger volumes of incoming products.....

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