CTA: eCycling Leadership Initiative Collected 700 Million Pounds of CE in 2015
The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) collected a record-setting 700 million pounds of consumer electronics for recycling through its eCycling Leadership Initiative last year. According to its Fifth Annual Report of the eCycling Leadership Initiative (ELI), the consumer technology industry set a record for the fifth consecutive year.
“It’s a testament to our industry’s commitment to increasing sustainability that even as our industry creates less waste by innovating lighter, smaller devices, we continue to see recycling increases each year,” Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, said in a statement. “This fifth annual report exemplifies the tremendous strides our industry can make in just a single year. Consumers have access to more recycling options than ever before, approaching our goal of making it as easy to recycle old devices as it is to purchase new ones.”
The 2015 figure represented a 6 percent increase, or about 40 million pounds, over the 2014 level, and more than double the amount recycled before the Initiative’s inception in 2010 (300 million pounds). The ELI program, which is led by CTA, is a collaboration among CE manufacturers, retailers, collectors, recyclers, nongovernmental organizations, and governments at all levels to “advance the industry’s sustainability efforts,” CTA explained.