Today, the average American household uses about 24 electronic products like personal computers, mobile phones, televisions, and e-readers. With an ever increasing supply of new electronic gadgets, Americans discard more than 2 million tons of obsolete electronic products annually. One way EPA is addressing this growing number of discarded electronics is through the Sustainable Materials Management Electronics Challenge. By participating in the Challenge, original equipment manufacturers and retailers are promoting responsible electronics recycling. They are increasing the number of electronics being collected, sending 100 percent of their used electronics to a recognized third-party certified recycler by the third year of your participation, and publicly reporting this information.
Who can Participate?
The SMM Electronics Challenge is open to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and retailers.
Note: If you are a consumer, you can make a difference too by donating or recycling your used electronics, learn how.
- Demonstrate leadership by using third-party certified recyclers.
- Ensure responsible management of used electronics.
- Take advantage of EPA's technical assistance and resources.
- Receive recognition for your achievements.
SMM Electronics Challenge: Awards and Recognition
Recognition is a key element of the EPA's Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Program and the Electronics Challenge. EPA is providing public recognition and awards to SMM Electronics Challenge participants for their commitment to recycling electronics responsibly.
Who can join the Challenge?
The SMM Electronics Challenge is open to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), brand owners and retailers. By joining, businesses:
- -Demonstrate leadership by using third-party certified recyclers
- -Ensure responsible management of used electronics
- -Take advantage of EPA’s technical assistance and resources
- -Receive recognition for achievements
By striving to send 100 percent of used electronics collected to certified recyclers and refurbishers, Challenge participants are ensuring that the used electronics they collect will be responsibly managed by recyclers that maximize reuse and recycling, minimize exposure to human health and the environment, ensure the safe management of materials by downstream handlers, and require destruction of all data on used electronics.
Electronics Challenge participants are publicly recognized on EPA’s website as a registrant, new participant, or active participant. Awards are offered in two categories - tier
What are the goals of the SMM Electronics Challenge?
The goals of the SMM Electronics Challenge are to:
- -Ensure responsible recycling through the use of third-party certified recyclers;
- -Increase the amount of used electronics collected by participants annually;
- -Increase transparency and accountability through public posting of electronics collection and recycling data;
- -Encourage outstanding performance through awards and recognition; and
- -Highlight best practices that can be scaled up and transferred both within the electronics sector and across other sectors.
SMM Electronics Challenge participants may be recognized in two ways – through the Tier Awards, which recognize participants for their robust used electronics collection programs, are given at the Bronze, Silver, and Gold levels; and the Champion Awards, which recognize participants for unique contributions to electronics sustainability throughout the life cycle, are given in the Product, Non-Product, and Cutting
Does EPA post the data for each participant in the SMM Electronics Challenge? What information does EPA publicly post?
EPA does not post individual participant’s baseline data or annual data on the EPA website. EPA will post aggregate data from all SMM Electronics Challenge participants on its website. However, EPA does require participants to publicly post almost all baseline and annual data elements (with the exception of the names of certified recyclers used, which may be kept private) on their respective websites. EPA may choose to link to Challenge participants’ websites, particularly for awards and recognition.