At the 2015 Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, LG Electronics was presented with the 2015 Design for Recycling® (DfR) Award, the highest honor from the leading recycling industry group. ISRI recognized LG “for advanced new television products that emphasize recycling during every lifecycle phase.”
Specifically, LG was recognized for its 4K ULTRA HD OLED and LED TVs. According to ISRI, 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; smaller and lighter packaging; ease of disassembly; and standardized materials and connection types.
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.