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Sharp Expands Electronics Recycling Program

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Electronics manufacturer Sharp recently expanded its environmental recycling program to more than 300 sites nationwide.

The expansion consisted of more than 30 new Southeast locations being added in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

Drop-off sites are free to consumers, who can hand in used Sharp televisions, audio and video products for recycling. Toshiba and Panasonic products also will be accepted at these locations.

“As a manufacturer of consumer electronics products, an important way for Sharp to reduce its impact on the environment is to provide a simple and no-cost way for consumers to dispose of their unwanted electronics in an environmentally sound manner,” said Stewart Mitchell, Sharp Electronics svp and chief strategy officer, in a statement. “When we announced a nationwide program earlier this year, we did so with the intent of expanding it nearly threefold by 2011. We’re very pleased to be moving toward that goal by bolstering our program with these additional participating locations in the Southeast.”

Sharp’s recycling program uses infrastructure developed by the Electronics Manufacturers Recycling Management Co. (MRM), which began in September 2007 with one site in Minnesota, and has since expanded nationwide. The MRM joint recycling venture between Panasonic, Sharp and Toshiba was established to efficiently manage collection and recycling programs for electronics manufacturers in the United States. Hundreds of additional sites are planned to open over the next three years, an expansion that will occur in collaboration with recycling company Creative Recycling Solutions. Other partners include Eco-International and CRT-Processing. A list of locations is available at MRMrecycling.com.