TAKE-BACK MANAGEMENT EFFORTS
* As the reporting period varies from country to country in Europe, we have included some figures that are originated from the previous year. As, such, small adjustments can be anticipated in data for next update.
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TAKE-BACK SYSTEM FOR MAJOR HOME APPLIANCES
In May 2013, LG Electronics entered into a tri-party (Ministry of Environment, municipalities, and manufacturers) agreement to establish a take-back system for major home appliances in Korea. Unlike the current system, in which e-waste is collected upon delivery and installation of new appliances, the new take-back system allows consumers to specify the time and date of collection via online or telephone. These discarded appliances, collected by a dedicated collection team, are delivered to municipal collection centers and later, processed in an environmentally safe manner at regional recycling centers located nationwide. Thanks to the new take-back system, collection of major home appliances increased by 180% over the previous year. In 2014, the new take-back system will be expanded from metropolitan areas to city and county levels to bolster our collected efforts toward sustainable resource recycling.
* This data is based on Sales and Recycling performance in Korea only.
* The life-span of products is not considered for calculating recycling rates because of data reliability.