LG Electronics has partnered with several recycling partners for the LG Electronics Recycling Program. Our recyclers act as the collection, transportation and recycling contractors for the national LG Electronics Recycling Program. The LG Electronics Recycling Program provides consumers with a convenient way of recycling their used, unwanted, obsolete or damaged LG consumer electronic products by dropping them off at designated locations as found at our website here. There are over 1,000 designated drop-off sites across the United States. Consumers can also use our mail-back program and get a pre-paid shipping label to return their device to our recycling partners here.
- Visit LG’s Recycling Program website http://www.lgrecyclingprogram.com/
Products covered by the LG Electronics Recycling Program include LG, LG Signature, Zenith and GoldStar brands of televisions, monitors, computers, tablets, laptops, audio equipment, video cassette players and recorders, DVD players and recorders, combination TV/VCR and TV/DVD units, set top boxes and accessories associated with those products. More information on other recycling programs, including cell phones, batteries, packaging, and others can be found at LG’s Recycling Program website. Appliances are not included in LG’s recycling program, but are covered by other take back and recycling programs.
The concept of Individual Producer Responsibility (IPR), simply put, means that brand owners should take back and recycle their brands of products. LG Electronics embraces IPR programs that go beyond requirements of many state and local programs. Take-back and recycling programs based on IPR provide incentives to manufacturers (or brand owners) to design their products to be more easily recycled. Learn more about IPR:
What do I do with my rechargeable lithium ion batteries and cell phones?
LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A. Inc. currently has a contract to recycle LG-brand lithium ion batteries with Call2Recycle, a non-profit public service organization. If your battery is non-working, you should drop off the battery at one of Call2Recycle's retailer collection sites or you may mail it to them.
If you have a LG-branded working cell phone that you wish to send postage-free to LG's recycler, make sure you fully discharge the battery (leave the cell phone on until it has no charge remaining) and turn the phone off before placing it in a box. Please visit the website here for a shipping label and instructions.
- https://www.call2recycle.org/ or call toll free 1.877.723.1297.
What do I do with my unwanted appliances?
First, you should check with your electric utility to see if a bounty program is offered in your area (they may offer you a rebate to replace your old, inefficient appliance). Since some bounty programs have required specifications for appliances (e.g., must be in working condition, of a minimum vintage and/or dimension), you may also need to confirm that your appliance is acceptable. If you are buying a new appliance, check with your retailer to see if they offer to remove your old appliance when they deliver the new one. According to the Appliance Recycling Information Center (ARIC), about 97% of retailers will remove your old appliance when they install a new appliance. Many municipalities schedule pick-up or drop-off dates or allow consumers to drop off their unwanted appliances at a municipal site. Local scrap dealers may pick up your appliance for free or you may have to pay a nominal fee.
What happens to my old product after I drop it off?
LG’s recyclers will collect covered electronic devices, transport them to one of their U.S. regional recycling centers, and break the product down into saleable commodities, such as plastics, metals, and glass. Downstream vendors will further process the commodities into reusable forms and new products will be made from the recovered materials. LG Electronics hopes to incorporate some of those recovered materials back into its own products.
Why did LG develop the LG Electronics Recycling Program?
There has been fantastic growth in the electronics industry over the last few decades. LG Electronics has benefited from that market success. However, we realize that consumers are left with few options for disposal when their electronic products are broken, obsolete, or unwanted. Recycling prevents usable commodities from going into landfills, reduces the need for extraction or production of new materials, and saves energy. We see this as an opportunity to provide a service to our customers as well as a means to make our manufacturing more sustainable. LG Electronics is committed to responsible product stewardship; we think manufacturers should offer to take-back and recycle their own products, and our alliance with our recycling partners allows us to do just that.