The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) today announced LG Electronics, Inc. as the recipient of the 2015 Design for Recycling® (DFR) Award for advanced new television products that emphasize recycling during every lifecycle phase. The DFR Award is ISRI’s highest award given annually to the most outstanding contribution to products designed with recycling in mind. It recognizes proactive steps made by manufacturers that have actively incorporated DFR principles into products and processes. “ISRI is proud to present the 2015 Design for Recycling Award to LG for prioritizing recyclability in the design and manufacture of its products,” said Robin Wiener, president of ISRI. “Commitment to sustainability serves as a core principle for LG. The initiatives they have undertaken to increase product recyclability, improve resource efficiency, and expand the use of recycled materials within the manufacturing process made LG a perfect selection for this year’s award.”
LG is specifically being recognized for its 4K ULTRA HD OLED and LED TVs. The product design for these models include the following recycling-friendly traits: mercury-free display panels; use of recycled and recyclable plastics; inclusion of PVC and BFR-free components; small and lighter packaging; ease of disassembly and label/seal separation; and standardized materials and connection types. “A main focus for us at LG is ‘Innovation for a Better Life.’ This means bringing to market cutting-edge products and technologies that enhance consumers lives, while doing our part to help save the planet. LG’s commitment to design for recycling exemplifies our commitment to environmental sustainability, and we are honored to receive this special DfR recognition from the experts at ISRI,” said William Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics USA. LG will receive the award on April 25, during the 2015 ISRI Convention and Exposition in Vancouver, British Columbia.
To be eligible for ISRI’s Design for Recycling® Award, a product must be designed/redesigned and manufactured to:
- Contain the maximum amount of materials that are recyclable;
- Be easily recycled through current or newly designed recycling processes and procedures;
- Be cost effective to recycle whereby the cost to recycle does not exceed the value of its recycled materials;
- Be free of hazardous materials that are not recyclable or impede the recycling process;
- Minimize the time and cost involved to recycle the product;
- Reduce the use of raw materials by including recycled materials and/or components; and
- Have a net gain in the overall recyclability of the product while reducing the overall negative impact on the environment.
ISRI began presenting the award more than 25 years ago. Previous winners include Dell, Inc., Cascades Fine Papers Group, Coca-Cola Recycling Company, Hewlett-Packard, The Herman Miller Company, and Wind Simplicity.
For more information, visit www.isri.org.