Updated on August 23, 2017
Sony Electronics Inc. (SEL) in the United States and Sony of Canada Ltd. continue to contribute to the development of the recycling infrastructure in North America. All recycling and support activities are committed to a responsible recycling process that complies with a growing mandate of state and provincial legislation.
Promoting the Sony Take Back Recycling Program
In the United States, Sony Electronics Inc. (SEL) continues to operate its voluntary recycling sponsorship program and compliance programs in states with take back regulations. On September 15, 2007, the company introduced the Sony Take Back Recycling Program, which aims to further encourage consumers to recycle and dispose of electronics equipment in an environmentally sound manner. Developed in collaboration with waste administration and recycling companies in the United States, the program allows consumers to drop off Sony products at designated collection centers free of charge. In fiscal 2016, these collection centers and through compliance channels collected approximately 9,749 tons (21,448,000 pounds) of used consumer electronics. SEL aims eventually to provide a collection center within 32km (20 miles) of the homes of 95% of the country's population. SEL in 2016 recycled 0.49Kg (1.01 pounds) for every 1Kg (2.20 pounds) sold which measures progress towards the goal of recycling the equivalent weight of recovered consumer electronics for every new product sold.
SEL provides a website through which consumers may search for the optimal method of returning and recycling used electronics products (including non-Sony products). The site enables consumers to learn about state specific recycling programs. It also includes various ways of bolstering the recycling rate, including a search function for the nearest take-back recycling center. For consumers whose closest center is more than 40km (25 miles) away, Sony products up to 11kg (25 pounds) are taken back by free-post and recycled free of charge.
As of March 2017, SEL has cumulatively collected approximately 222,727 tons (490 million pounds) of electronics equipment scrap, thereby contributing to reduced use of natural resources. In the future, through the site, SEL plans to promote higher rates of used electronics collection and conduct educational campaigns on appropriate recycling methods of used products.
As a member of the Call2Recycle program*, SEL recycles rechargeable batteries free of charge in line with Call2Recycle's recycling scheme.
In addition to conducting its own independent audits of recyclers and the downstream processing firms to which they subcontract, SEL has set forth a recycling policy whereby all recyclers it does business with must obtain Responsible Recycling (R2) or e-Stewards certification . R2 and e-Stewards are certification systems for recyclers organized in part by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that evaluate such factors as environmental management performance and workplace environment. SEL participates in the EPA Sustainable Material Management program Electronics Challenge since its program inception.
Working with Provincial Governments to Set Up Electronics Equipment Recycling Programs
Since first provincial program was launched in 2004, Sony of Canada Ltd. (Sony Canada) has worked with provincial governments to set up recycling programs for end-of-life electronics equipment.
From 2008 through 2015, Sony Canada operated an expanded recycling program for small electronics equipment across Canada by enabling consumers to take such products to its retail partners across the country. More recently, provincial programs matured to deliver appropriate collection opportunities for consumers through http://epra.ca/. In addition, Sony Canada supports other recycling programs for packaging and battery and supports small distributors fullfil their recycling obligation.
In accordance with electronics recycling standards set forth by Electronics Product Stewardship Canada (EPSC), which prohibits the export of waste to countries not in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Sony Canada conducts its own independent audits of recyclers and the downstream processing firms which they subcontract.