How Samsung is Tackling the Global E-waste Problem

Mallory Szczepanski | May 16, 2019

Electronic waste (e-waste) is a fast-growing segment of the world’s waste stream, and as companies release new and improved products, consumers and businesses are quick to part with their old devices and invest in the new.

In an effort to collect and recycle or reuse those products in a responsible manner, multinational electronics and information technology company Samsung is continuing to expand upon its e-waste reduction programs, which are available to both businesses and consumers. The company also is setting sustainability goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and water usage, as well as recover more recycled materials.

Waste360 recently spoke with Mark Newton, director of corporate environmental affairs at Samsung, about the company’s mission to reduce e-waste, some of its e-waste reduction goals and milestones and how it’s developing more sustainable and recyclable products.

Waste360: Discuss Samsung’s mission to reduce e-waste.

Mark Newton: Samsung responsibly collects and recycles old, unwanted or nonworking electronic products in the U.S., and we have programs in place to manage the recycling needs of our business partners. The reason for doing that is twofold: First, it’s to provide a service for our customers (no matter where they are located in the U.S.), so they have an easy way to responsibly recycle their products. Second, it’s to abide by our commitment to responsible recycling.

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