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E-waste Recycling January 12, 2018 03:30:15 PM

Samsung’s Cutting Edge Sustainability Initiatives Honored at CES 2018

Paul Ploumis
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The Galaxy Upcycling initiative aims to allow users to develop ancillary uses to their used smart phones. The code when shared on the Upcycling website can be downloaded and used by other users.
Samsung’s Cutting Edge Sustainability Initiatives Honored at CES 2018

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd for its leadership in various sustainability initiatives. The company was honored by the EPA with two awards. The company’s Galaxy Upcycling program was selected as the winner of the 2017 Cutting Edge Champion Award. Also, the dedicated e-waste collection and recycling efforts by its US operations has earned the prestigious Gold Tier Award, for the fourth straight year.

Michael Lawder, Senior Vice President of Customer Care at Samsung Electronics America stated that the company is extremely honored to receive the award for its innovative Galaxy Upcycling program that helps Galaxy phone users to transform their used phones into new devices through necessary software and hardware modifications. The second award is in recognition for the company’s long-term commitment to safe and responsible e-waste practices, Lawder noted.

Meantime, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt commended Samsung for their novel idea of turning old smart phones into new technology products. The company’s Galaxy Upcycling program is the finest example of inventiveness and creativity. He urged other companies to follow the lead, so as to reduce environmental burden and promote extension of product lifecycle.

The Galaxy Upcycling initiative aims to allow users to develop ancillary uses to their used smart phones. The code when shared on the Upcycling website can be downloaded and used by other users.  Using this technology, old phones could be converted to new technology products such as televisions, gaming consoles and IoT devices. Samsung plans to officially launch this innovative initiative during the course of this year.

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In addition, the company has made significant contribution in collecting large volumes of electronic waste which otherwise would have ended up in landfills. The company has continued its commendable e-waste collection efforts during 2017. It must be noted that Samsung had collected and recycled nearly 118 million pounds of electronic waste in the US during 2016, thus becoming one of the world’s largest e-waste collectors.

Josh Ives, VP of Customer Experience, and Jenni Chun, Manager of Corporate Regulatory & Environmental Affairs at Samsung Electronics America accepted the awards at a ceremony during CES 2018.

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