Take It Back!

Jan 11th, 2017

In 2016 ESF recycled over half a million pounds of electronics. Over half of that weight was televisions.  We did this at no charge to the consumer under a sponsorship agreement with a major manufacturer.  That program ended with 2016.

This has left us in the position of having to charge recycling fees of $20/TV and $10/Monitor to cover the cost of proper recycling.

We don’t like this. We feel that recycling fees are a barrier to participation and places a financial hardship on other charities who receive donated goods.   Imagine if people kept giving you a gift that nobody wants and costs $20 to dispose of, How long before their generosity wrecks your budget ?

With this in mind, we have decided to talk to the companies whose name is on the TV/Monitor, the manufacturer’s themselves.

We started by looking over their website to see what kind of take back options they offer. IF one of them had any information of value, we’d share it here. So far we haven’t found any.  Mostly they point to drop-off sites that either don’t take a TV or charge a fee. Many of them point to programs that do not exist in Oklahoma.

Our proposal to each manufacturer is simple: Cover the recycling costs of YOUR PRODUCT and we won’t charge the fee on your brand.

Check back here for our results as we sort the brands who practice product stewardship in Oklahoma, from the ones who do not.

Note: We removed the naughty list because NOT ONE manufacturer provides for no-cost TV recycling in Oklahoma. They are ALL on the naughty list.

Feel free to contact them yourself, here are their URLS and phone numbers.

Name Recycling URL Phone Number
BenQ http://csr.benq.com/webpage/productinfo/green_practice_01_01_en.aspx (866) 600-2367
Fujitsu http://www.fujitsu.com/us/about/local/corporate/subsidiaries/fai/environment/recycling/ (800) 831-3183
Goldstar (owned by LG) http://www.lgrecyclingprogram.com/ (866) 372-2928
Hitachi http://www.hitachi-america.us/products/consumer/tv/support_contact/ (800) 448-2244
JVC http://www.jvc.com/company/index.jsp?pageID=8 (800) 252-5722
LG http://www.lgrecyclingprogram.com/ (866) 372-2928
Magnavox http://www.magnavox.com/support/recycle.php (800) 605-8610
Mitsubishi Electric https://www.mitsubishi-tv.com/support/recycling (800) 433-4822
NEC http://www.necdisplay.com/environmental-responsibility/state-recycling-information/81 (800) 632-4662
Panasonic http://www.panasonic.com/environmental/recycling-electronic.asp (888) 769-0149
Philips http://www.usa.philips.com/a-w/about-philips/sustainability/electronic-reuse-and-recycling.html (888) 744-5477
RCA http://www.rca.com/support-products (888) 977-6722
Samsung http://www.samsung.com/us/aboutsamsung/citizenship/usactivities/environmentalinitiatives/recyclingdirect/ (800) 726-7864
Sanyo http://sanyo-av.com/support/recycle.php (800) 877-5032
Sharp http://www.sharpusa.com/AboutSharp/SharpAndTheEnvironment/Recycling/StopDropRecycle.aspx (800) 237-4277
Sony https://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/csr/SonyEnvironment/spotlight/recycling_program/index.html (800) 222-7669
Toshiba http://www.toshiba.com/csr/env_recycle_programs.jsp (855) 527-2411
Westinghouse http://westinghouseelectronics.com/support/recycling-information/ (866) 442-7873