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U.S. electronics industry hits e-waste recycling record

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The U.S. consumer electronics industry recycled a record 620 million pounds (281,000 metric tonnes) of electronics in 2013, according to a new report from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).

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The figures were up 35 million pounds (15,875 tonnes) over the 2012 leveland more than double the 300 pounds (136,000 tonnes) recycled in 2010.

The report, Third Annual Report of the eCycling Leadership Initiative, is an industry effort, led by the CEA, to increase collaboration among consumer electronics manufacturers, retailers, collectors, recyclers, non-governmental organisations and governments at all levels.

The report found that Apple, Best Buy, Dell, and DIRECTV set themselves apart as Initiative Leaders, each recycling more than 125% of the consumer hardware recycling goals set by CEA for 2013.

By the end of last year, more than 99% recycling by eCycling Leadership Initiative participants was conducted in third-party certified recycling facilities. More than 8000 responsible recycling locations are now available to consumers throughout the continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

The CEA explained that the eCycling Leadership Initiative includes a stretch goal to increase the amount of electronics recycled responsibly to 1 billion pounds (455,000 tonnes) annually by 2016 - known as the Billion Pound Challenge.

Additionally, association said that the Initiative is intended to grow the number of collection opportunities available to consumers, improve consumer awareness of available e-waste recycling collection sites and provide transparent metrics on e-waste recycling efforts.

The CEA added that it will continue to enhance consumer education efforts about ecycling and energy efficiency through the website

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