David Thompson

Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America this week announced that it is joining the MRM (Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Management) recycling initiative.

How ‘green’ is your iPhone?  And, do you really care?
Questions just like those were posed and vigorously debated at last week’s Greener Gadgets Conference, a symposium designed to examine the industrial, economic and social implications of “greening” CE and other technology-based products and to address issues arising from their manufacture, use and disposal.

The manufacturer recycling initiative known as MRM, which is led by Panasonic, Sharp and Toshiba, announced this week that it is rolling out its services nationally.

Thanks to quicker-than-expected approval by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, a coalition of top CE manufacturers has moved forward three months early with a major recycling effort in that state.

A consortium of major CE manufacturers last week launched a Web site aimed at helping manufacturers to comply with state recycling laws. The group, The Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Management Company, consists of Panasonic, Sharp and Toshiba, and was formed in the fall of 2007. The new site is at www.MRMrecycling.com, and it employs special calendar software to show them how best to comply with requirements. “MRM was founded on the principle that the best way to achieve the economies of scale and efficiencies necessary to create a sustainable recycling system for used electronics is for an independent company to manage collaborative electronic

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