Philips New Recycling Program Given the Thumbs Up by ‘Green’ Campaigners

Published by Stephen Roper on Tagged Recycling

Philips and Greenpeace

In order to become a ‘greener’ company, Philips electronics have decided to include the cost of recycling its products within the retail price in 3 countries that don’t yet recycle any electronic products. Philips who have been criticised by environmental group Greenpeace in the past have this time been given the thumbs up. Greenpeace said that they are delighted that Philips has taken full financial responsibility for its own products.

The 3 countries that will benefit from this new ‘producer pays’ scheme are Argentina, Brazil and India. Philips electronics products include TV’s, Telephones, Music Players and Lighting. The ‘Producer Pays’ model that they will adopt in these 3 countries links the costs of disassembly and reprocessing directly to the products, this gives the manufacturer an extra incentive to improve industrial processes and designs.

Greenpeace have also been pushing for other big companies such as Nintendo to accept bigger responsibility for recycling their own products. In a report that was issued last December Nokia and Sony Ericsson were both praised by Greenpeace for big improvements in these areas.

Although Philips scheme in Argentina, Brazil and India is great for helping to save the environment, their goal of generating 30% of revenue from the sale of green products in comparison to just 25% last year will also lead to them making more money. Philips have stated that a ‘Green’ product is one that betters its competitors by 10% in either packaging, energy efficiency, weight, recycling, use of hazardous substance or lifetime reliability.

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