How important are these decisions in regards to the US electronics recycling space?
Research and advisory firm Compliance Standards discusses whether such moves would impact the e-cycling sector in a brief note posted on its website. In brief, we found that in 2011 the Japanese company's recycling programs collected 38.8 million pounds of electronics. Most of the volume or just over 30 million pounds originated from indirect customer channels, essentially retailers. The remaining 8.8 million pounds came from direct channels.
About one third of the weight it handled then came from the decommissioning of TVs. Remaining in the display space, monitors accounted for almost 20% of the volume, while CPUs (ie: PCs) were responsible for less than 10% of its e-waste.
Given that the company is moving away from PCs and focusing on high-end TV technology, it is expected that its recycling activity for both PCs will shrink substantially.
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