Sony, Toshiba and Panasonic have launched a new joint venture to promote responsible recycling of electronic gadgets in the U.S. The newly-opened Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Management Company (MRM) has at least two drop-off points in each state and accepts a wide variety of retired gadgets.


Devices made by any of the three partners in MRM are accepted for recycling free of charge. Many of the drop-off points also accept televisions, VCRs, computers, laptops, MP3 players, cell phones and other consumer electronics products from other manufacturers for a small fee.

MRM President David Thompson says the new company is dedicated to recycling responsibly and won’t use prison labour or send goods overseas — both practices which have drawn considerable criticism from environmentalists and human rights advocates.

U.S. residents can find their nearest MRM collection point here.

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