Confused about the dozen or so different state laws governing what to do with old computer and electronics products when you're done with them? You better be, as a whole bunch more of them kick in over the next two years. In any event, the Electronics Manufacturing Recycling Management Company (MRM), a joint venture formed by Panasonic Corp. of North America, Sharp Electronics Corp. and Toshiba America Consumer Products, is expanding the laws it covers with information as well as the programs that it offers for individuals to stay compliant.
The organization started its operations with a pilot in Minnesota, where it provides a full-blown program with 75 gadget drop-off locations throughout the state. MRM currently handles products from 20 different manufacturers. Its expansion will see it develop collection and processing programs for states (and one city!) including Connecticut, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York City, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.