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LG wins a top US award for responsible recycling

LG US' new EPA award. (Source: LG)
LG US' new EPA award. (Source: LG)
The US' Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has conferred a Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge Award (Gold Tier) on the electronics giant LG. It has earned this accolade thanks to the recycling programs instituted by the OEM's division in this country. They are credited with keeping tons of old devices out of landfill and, thereby, preventing the concomitant carbon dioxide emissions.

LG is well known for its TVs, monitors, laptops and audio equipment in North America. However, it seems less than likely to find discarded or broken examples of these devices with its branding just lying around on the subcontinent. The EPA has recognized the OEM's efforts to prevent this with a new award honoring its responsible attitude to e-waste in this region.

The agency has just announced the winners of its 2020 SMM Electronics Challenge Awards, among which are LG US with one of its Gold-tier gongs. The OEM has achieved this through the OEM's "significant contributions" to this EPA initiative's aims.

For example, the company ensures that 100% of the e-waste associated with it goes to certified third-party recyclers. The EPA notes that LG keeps over 20,000 tons of its used products out of landfills in this way per year, thereby avoiding the release of an estimated equivalent of 55,000 metric tons of CO2, the same volume associated with powering about 9,400 US homes for a year.

Furthermore, LG runs a Green Program Plus sustainability management program, which applies to its supply chain. It leads to the use of thousands of tons of recycled plastic in its refrigerator manufacturing process per year, as well as over 50% recycled materials for the original packaging for those products.

Then again, LG is allegedly capable of dumping other things, which, according to the latest rumors, include its entire smartphone division.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-04- 3 (Update: 2021-04- 3)