According to the group's "report card", the vast majority of companies have a long way to go in establishing simple, effective systems to collect e-waste from consumers.
Amazon, Walmart and Costco were just a few of the retailers singled out for their low-performing programs. Two of the businesses examined by TakeBack Coalition – Newegg and Costco – have no e-waste recycling plans in place at all.
Large electronic retailers sell millions of products, including mobile devices, televisions, and computers, to consumers annually, giving them a huge influence in the industry's overall sustainability. But year after year, the industry approach toward recycling e-waste remains ham-fisted.
The stagnant e-waste programs are a wasted opportunity: A robust recycling program can yield financial rewards, happier employees and greater consumer traffic, industry observers say.