MRM’s Takeback Program
Recycling Program for Panasonic, Sharp, Toshiba, Mitsubishi, Vizio
|What is MRM?||MRM is a recycling company created as a joint venture of Panasonic, Sharp, and Toshiba. It provides national voluntary takeback services for those three companies, as well as for Vizio and Mitsubishi.MRM also works with other manufacturers in states which have takeback laws, to help these companies meet their obligations.|
|How do I know if MRM will handle my e-waste responsibly?||We believe that there are two critical elements to look for here: transparency and use of vendors certified to high standards.Unlike some programs, MRM is transparent about the vendors they use. See list below. They have also published their vendor requirements, another important aspect of transparency.
Policy: MRM’s vendor requirements show a strong policy of responsible recycling, including rules that do not allow the export of e-waste (whole units) to developing countries, no use of prison labor, no landfilling or incinerating e-waste. Items sold for reuse must be tested and then sold, fully functional, only in the U.S. The rules for disassembling TVs and managing CRT glass are good.
Proof: MRM has good policies for responsible recycling, but the question (for them and all companies) is how can you tell if they are actually living up to this policy? The only way we can know whether a company’s recycling vendors are actually adhering to a responsible policy is through certified audits and transparent reporting. The recyclers should be certified under an independent accredited program, using third party auditors, as adhering to high standards, such as the e-Stewards program. Currently, all the vendors listed on MRM’s site are certified to the e-Stewards standard.
|Does MRM use recyclers who are e-Stewards?||MRM says they work with the following recyclers. All have been certified to the rigorous e-Stewards standard.|
|Free TV recycling from MRM||MRM will take back consumer electronics products with the Panasonic, Sharp, Toshiba, Mistubishi, or Vizio brand name on it. This service is free for consumers (businesses must pay a fee). Panasonic, Sharp, and Toshiba will take back any consumer electronic product with their name on it, ranging from televisions, DVD and VHS players, audio equipment and home theater systems, to cameras, camcorders, computer monitors, printers, and peripherals. This does not include home appliances like refrigerators.In some states (with takeback laws) they will take back other companies’ branded items for free. Those brands will be listed on their webpage for that state. In states with no takeback law, they may charge a fee to accept other brands’ items.|
|Where are the MRM collection sites?||MRM has collection sites in all 50 states, plus they will offer periodic collection events, some in partnership with retailers.
Click here to see if there is an MRM location near you. Then click on your state to see the drop off sites.
MRM has been actively growing their list of collection sites across the country, even in states where the law does not require them to do so.
|Read the fine print||In some states, MRM uses U-Haul for collection sites. To use the U-Haul sites, you must bring a voucher that you can download from the website where you find the locations.|
|Link for more info||MRM’s recycling website|
Updated May 2014