Sony Launches Waste Management Recycling Program

Saturday September, 15 marked the beginning of the Sony Take Back Recycling Program, a national recycling program that allows consumers to recycle Sony brand products for free at Waste Management drop-off centers across the country.

While starting off with seventy-five drop-off centers across the country, Sony expects to double that number within a year. Eventually, the company aims to have centers in all 50 states and within 20 miles of 95 percent of the U.S. population.

As the technology industry continues to grow, the amount of electronic waste is also increasing. According to a study by the United States Environmental Protection agency, in 2005, used or unwanted electronics amounted to as much as 2.2 million tons, most of which found its way to landfills. Only about 380,000 tons were recycled.

Lauretta Dawolo submitted this story on September 18, 2007.