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Underscoring its leadership in responsible electronics recycling, LG Electronics USA was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the Gold Tier Award, the top-level recognition in the EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge.

Presented on “CES® 2017 Sustainability Day,” the Gold Tier Award recognizes LG’s significant contributions to the EPA’s SMM Electronics Challenge goals by increasing the amount of used electronics collected for reuse and recycle, striving to send 100 percent of used electronics collected to certified third-party recyclers, and publicly sharing detailed information about its electronic management practices.

CES 2017 spotlights LG’s strong commitment to sustainability and leadership in energy efficient products and renewable energy. In addition to EPA recycling award, LG’s new super-efficient TV technology earned the “Eco-Design and Sustainable Technologies” CES 2017 Innovations Award from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA™). LG is the exclusive provider of advanced solar panels for the CES 2017 Smart Energy Marketplace.

What’s more, LG announced at CES dozens of new ENERGY STAR® certified home appliance and TV products for 2017.

William Cho, president and chief executive officer, LG Electronics USA, applauded the EPA’s program, which encourages responsible recycling. “By using third-party certified recyclers, we’re proud to help drive the use of environmentally protective practices. LG’s leadership in the SMM Challenge reflects our strong commitment to building a robust market for electronic recycling in the U.S.”

The EPA award recognizes LG Electronics USA’s collection and responsible recycling of nearly 24,233.70 tons of used electronics, diverting solid waste from landfills in the past year.

At collection events, LG encourages consumers to replace recycled electronics with new, more energy efficient ENERGY STAR certified LG TV and monitors.
Supporting its commitment to responsible recycling, LG Electronics Inc. is the world’s first “Global e-Stewards Enterprise.” The e-Stewards standard, developed by the Basel Action Network, is the world’s most rigorous certification program for electronics recyclers.

It prevents the export and dumping of toxic electronic waste in developing countries and calls for safeguards to protect private data and ensure that recycling plant workers are not exposed to toxic materials.

This special recognition from the EPA follow other electronics recycling honors for LG, including the CTA e-Cycling Initiative Leader Award and the Design for Recycling® Award from the world’s leading recycling industry group, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries. ISRI’s highest honor recognized LG for developing products such as 4K Ultra HD OLED and LED TVs with greener features designed to reduce the environmental load at every stage of the product lifecycle.

Published in the December 2017 Edition of American Recycler News