Panasonic Corp. of North America, Sharp Electronics Corp. and Toshiba America Consumer Products have joined together in creating a national recycling infrastructure that manufacturers can use to provide convenient recycling for their customers. The companies will use the Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Management Company (MRM) to run the recycling initiative. MRM is a recycling joint venture owned by Panasonic, Sharp and Toshiba.
With the support of its three owners, MRM will expand it operations beyond its current compliance management activities in Minnesota and Texas where MRM currently manages recycling services for 25 individual electronics manufacturers. The first phase of the MRM nationwide ramp-up will begin this month as it adds states such as California, Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The company will continue to expand until it covers all 50 states.