HONOLULU--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Partnering with the Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Management Company (MRM), in an effort to properly recycle unwanted consumer electronics in the state of Hawaii, Electronic Recyclers International (ERI), earlier this month staged two one-day opportunities for Hawaiians to recycle e-waste. The events were a success, resulting in more than 29,000 pounds of unwanted electronics collected.
“Events like these are so important because they help the local residents unload the electronic junk that’s just sitting around while also benefiting the environment”
For this special manufacturing takeback program, ERI, the largest recycler of electronic waste in the nation, partnered with a number of electronics manufacturers and a local recycling organization in Hawaii. Manufacturers worked through MRM to sponsor the events. Sponsoring manufacturers included Funai Corporation, Inc., Hitachi America Ltd., Imation, JVC America, Mitsubishi, Orion, Panasonic, PLR IP Holdings (Polaroid), Sanyo Manufacturing Corp., Sharp, Toshiba and VIZIO.
Local politicians and dignitaries present at the event included Honolulu City Council Member (District 5) Ann Kobayshi; Bert Kobayashi of the Hawaii House of Representatives; and Hawaii State Representative (District 18) Mark J. Hashem.
The events were free to the public, and accepted items included computer equipment, televisions and mobile devices.
“Partnering with the responsible electronics manufacturers through MRM to benefit the good people of Hawaii has been and continues to be an honor and a privilege, and the successful events we held earlier this month are no exception,” said John Shegerian, Chairman and CEO of ERI. “MRM has proven to be a partnering of manufacturing organizations that has been forward-thinking in terms of environmental concerns. That we have already prevented literally millions of pounds of electronic waste from ending up in landfills in Hawaii through our partnership with MRM is a further example of just what can be accomplished when great organizations pool their resources for the common good.”
“With their collaborative support and proactive actions in Hawaii - and across the U.S. as well,” said Tricia Conroy, MRM’s Executive Director, “ERI has continued to be an organization we are proud to partner with. Just as the manufacturers that make up MRM are leaders in the electronic profession by being responsible recyclers of electronic waste and stewards of the environment, so too is ERI. ERI uses innovation and a commitment to doing things right to help forge processes that benefit all of us as well as our planet’s natural resources.”
“Events like these are so important because they help the local residents unload the electronic junk that’s just sitting around while also benefiting the environment,” said Nik Nikolaidis of T&N Computer Recycling Services, who collected the e-waste at the events. “We are proud to be able, alongside MRM and ERI, to help Hawaii’s residents become more environmentally responsible by offering them convenient opportunities to safely dispose of their old electronic devices.”
With more than 1500 recycling sites throughout the United States, MRM’s mission is to bring manufacturers together into long-term relationships that help provide convenient, environmentally responsible recycling opportunities to consumers nationwide. Learn more at www.mrmrecycling.com.
Electronic Recyclers International (ERI), the world’s largest privately held recycler of electronic waste, is R2 and e-Stewards certified to de-manufacture and recycle every type of electronic waste in an environmentally friendly manner. ERI processes more than 250 million pounds of electronic waste annually at seven locations serving every zip code in the United States. For more information about e-waste recycling and ERI, call 1-800-884-8466 or visit www.electronicrecyclers.com.