As you are no doubt already aware, the enforcement of the EU WEEE Directive has accelerated the expansion of end-of-life product take-back regulations throughout the world. At present, many governments in various regions are trying to finalize their own take-back legislation. LG Electronics has been involved in the process of establishing such legislation and has supported the introduction of take-back systems that are economically viable.
While legal compliance is the most important consideration of the take-back policy, LG Electronics believes that simply complying with the (limited) existing take-back regulations is not enough.
While collective recycling schemes that were developed to respect the take-back regulations have achieved considerable environmental benefits at a reasonable cost, they do not provide direct eco-design incentives for individual manufacturers. Take-back systems based on the individual producers' responsibilities may provide such incentives. LG Electronics supports the introduction of Individual Producer Responsibility (IPR) for future wastes and hopes that technically and economically feasible identification solutions will become available in the near future.
In addition, LG Electronics is considering to provide voluntary take-back for more product types and in more non-OECD member countries. For example, LG Electronics is positively considering and reviewing India’s draft bill for E-Waste Rules, which is similar to European Union (EU) directives on Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).
LGE will keep investigating various ways to incorporate eco-design incentives into global take-back systems.
Consumers could contribute to resource conservation and prevent potential environmental problems by a simple action — the proper depositing of old electrical appliances. Electronic waste must be collected separately from the general waste stream via designated collection facilities appointed by the government or the local authorities. Since the manner in which separate collection is arranged may differ according to the municipality, information for users, such as the address, phone number, opening hours of the waste collection point, and so on, can be found in your town's guide or on its website, or via a waste disposal service company or stores. LG Electronics provides all users with links to sources of take-back information in various countries and regions on our website.
LG Electronics encourages the use of post consumer recycled plastics in order to reduce the amount of waste generated during product development and manufacturing, and to minimize the waste of resources. It is trying to increase the use of post consumer recycled plastic across the corporation and aim to use post consumer recycled plastic across all products. As a result, the amount of post consumer recycled plastics is 3,298 tons in 2011. It is increasing gradually from 989 tons in 2009 and 2,014 tons in 2010.
LG Electronics fully supports the future use of post-consumer recycled plastics in manufacturing products. This will reduce the amount of the final waste and increase resource use efficiency. LG Electronics has also been putting a great deal of effort into our R&D to increase the quality, remove hazardous substances, and increase product reliability.
LG Electronics applied post-consumer recycled plastics for some parts and appliances as below ;
- Home appliance : Refrigerator(LFX41295ST 2.4%)
Washing Machine (F1397FYN2.ASSEEUS : 2.0%)
Air conditioner (SNC065BAW 11.98%, SNC065AACW 11.76%)
- Mobile phone : Viper 4G 50%, Optimus Elite 50%, Rumor Reflex 31.5%
- Monitor : w2346 20.6%, w2246 20.6%, w2046 20.3%
LG Electronics has dedicate our best efforts to increase the amount of post consumer recycled plastics.