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by Mark Carpenter | Apr 07, 2016

Samsung Electronics America Receives ISRI's 2016 Design for Recycling Award

Samsung is recognized for sustainable innovation and best-in-class
recyclable product design through eco-friendly Curved Full HD TV

WASHINGTON, DC, – The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) today announced Samsung Electronics America as the recipient of the 2016 Design for Recycling® (DFR) Award for the use of environmentally-conscious materials and advanced recyclable design in its 2016 Curved Full HD TV (UN55K6250). The DFR Award is ISRI’s most prestigious award, given annually to the most innovative products designed with recycling in mind. ISRI recognizes proactive steps made by manufacturers that have actively incorporated DFR principles into products and processes. Samsung will receive the award on April 7, 2016, during the 2016 ISRI Convention and Exposition in Las Vegas, NV.

“We’ve been developing cutting-edge products that enrich people’s lives and help address tomorrow’s environmental challenges for decades,” said Mark Newton, head of environmental and regulatory affairs at Samsung Electronics America. “We are honored to be recognized by ISRI for our environmental stewardship in product design and innovation, and we applaud their mission to promote responsible recycling. At Samsung we work tirelessly to pave the way for sustainable innovation throughout the technology industry, and we look forward to ensuring that our inventions and being a responsible corporate citizen continue to go hand-in-hand.”

The 2016 Curved Full HD TV incorporates easy-to-disassemble, snap-together parts that are made with minimal chemical content. The snap closures eliminate the use of many screws, making it easier for recyclers to disassemble their products. As a result, this television should take less than ten minutes to disassemble. To further Samsung’s efforts to create an eco-conscious product, the company has improved the sustainability of the TV’s design by substituting conventional plastic with a novel material produced from greenhouse gas.

“ISRI is proud to present the 2016 Design for Recycling Award to Samsung for the visible commitment to sustainability in the design and manufacture of its products,” said Robin Wiener, president of ISRI. “Samsung’s products showcase the company’s efforts to focus on resource and energy efficiency as well as the use of single materials, unbleached chlorine-free paper, and nonuse of hazardous substances. Samsung’s concern for product recyclability has allowed them to move forward with an industry-first design that combines best-in-class experiences with an eco-friendly outlook, which makes them a perfect selection for this year’s award.”

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;
  • Minimize the time and cost involved to recycle the product;
  • Have a net gain in the overall recyclability of the product while reducing the overall negative impact on the environment; and
  • Reduce the use of raw materials by including recycled materials and/or components, among other qualifications.

For more than 25 years, ISRI has presented the Design for Recycling® (DFR) Award to leaders across multiple industries worldwide.

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About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), is a recognized innovation leader in consumer electronics design and technology. A wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., SEA delivers a broad range of digital consumer electronics, IT and home appliance products. Samsung is the market leader for HDTVs in the U.S and America’s fastest growing home appliance brands. To discover more of the award-winning products you love with Samsung, please visit www.samsung.com and for the latest Samsung news, please visit news.samsung.com/us and follow on Twitter@SamsungNewsUS.

About ISRI
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is the Voice of the Recycling Industry™. ISRI represents more than 1,600 companies in 21 chapters nationwide that process, broker and industrially consume scrap commodities, including metals, paper, plastics, glass, rubber, electronics and textiles. With headquarters in Washington, DC, the Institute provides safety, education, advocacy, and compliance training, and promotes public awareness of the vital role recycling plays in the U.S. economy, global trade, the environment and sustainable development.