Samsung Electronics America just announced a new partnership with Wisetek Solutions and the DC Department of Energy & Environment. The main goal of this collaboration is to increase the recycling and repurposing of waste across the DC region, as well as to educate companies about the benefits of global sustainability.
As a result, the two companies along with the DC Library System seeks to hold free monthly events throughout the year to allow both businesses and members of the public to conveniently recycle used electronics.
The recycling program covers used tablets …
The list of electronics for the recycling program includes tablets as well as other types of computers, ranging from laptops and desktops to small scale servers. By the looks of it, they do not have to Samsung-branded either. Also mentioned are computer monitors, peripherals such as keyboards, mice, and PC speakers, as well as desktop printers weighing less than 100 pounds.
Likewise, televisions and TV peripherals are available as DVD players, signal converters, and receivers are covered. Game consoles too, as long as they can be hooked up to a TV. Unfortunately, if you're looking to recycle your PSP or Nintendo handheld, you'll have to do it through other means.
… but it does not cover used smartphones
Interestingly, while the program is about to recycle a wide variety of electronics, it does not seem to cover used smartphones. A lot of mobile phones do not want to take advantage of this program.
That's not to say that Samsung has not made any efforts towards achieving material neutrality for its handsets. Just last week, the company partnered with Closing the Loop and T-Mobile in the Netherlands. This alliance guarantees that every Galaxy S10e purchased through the mobile carrier in the country will result in a good recycling of the e-waste landfills of Ghana and Uganda.
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