rolls out e-waste take-back program
Wacom® Technology Corp. announced the start
of its e-waste take-back program for customers looking to recycle
interactive pen display models that are no longer being used
or ready to be retired. Wacom customers interested in participating
can consult www.wacom.com/ewaste to access recycling data for
all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The site features a shipping label tool whereby
customers can print out a UPS label for the nearest recycling
center, affix it to a box containing the old equipment and drop
it off at a UPS center or satellite office for shipment to the
recycling location. The Wacom-sponsored take-back program currently
covers the following 10 states: Hawaii, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri,
North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and
Wisconsin. Nearly 100 percent of the display materials are recycled
and the program is free to all participants.
E-waste legislation has passed in 23 states
and sets mandatory manufacturer or retailer participation in
recycling programs as well as a ban on depositing computer monitors
and other display types into landfills. Wacom participates through
state administered recycling programs in 11 of these states including
California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota,
New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. New
York and South Carolina also recently passed e-waste legislation,
but the programs are not yet operational.
Wacom anticipates that e-waste initiatives
will continue to gain traction in other states and might one
day include recyclable products other than its displays.