IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- VIZIO, Inc. today announces its 2019 Sustainable Materials Management Gold Tier distinction from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA has recognized VIZIO's increasingly sustainable practices each year since 2016; this year's Gold Tier, the EPA's highest award, marks the culmination of VIZIO's efforts.
The Gold Tier is given to companies that demonstrate a commitment to recycling at least 95% of all used electronics. VIZIO exceeded that bar in 2019 by sending 100% of all its used electronics to certified recyclers or refurbishers backed by a third-party certification program.
Over the past six years, VIZIO has averaged more than 40,000,000 pounds of recycled electronic waste every 12 months, totaling 260,000,000 pounds by the end of 2019. Alongside its consumer recycling dropoffs, network of green partners, and resource center on state regulations, this longstanding program is evidence of the importance VIZIO places on environmental sustainability.
"We never stop talking about recycling and sustainability in every part of our business," said Bill Baxter, Chief Technology Officer, VIZIO. "We are once again humbled by the EPA's recognition of our electronic waste recycling program and we'll continue to push our business and supply-chain to further expand our collective environmental stewardship practices."
For more information about VIZIO's sustainability projects visit VIZIO.com/environment and to learn more about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency visit EPA.gov. The Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge Awards Ceremony took place at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
VIZIO, the #1 American-based TV brand1 and #1 Sound Bar Brand2 in America, delivers innovative entertainment solutions and value for millions of connected consumers. Formed in 2002 and quickly established as a daring leader, VIZIO has built a portfolio of industry-leading products that provide brilliant, awe-inspiring experiences while incorporating seamlessly with the smart home. The collection of televisions, sound bars, and the SmartCast smart TV platform are designed with the consumer's desires in mind, and have been rated America's Fastest Growing TV Brand with Quantum Dot3 and America's Fastest Growing Sound Bar Brand with Dolby Atmos4. VIZIO product leadership is consistently highlighted by industry reviews and awards, which include 2019 Editor's Choice awards and inclusion on "Best of" lists from top review outlets including CNET5, USA Today's Reviewed.com6, Digital Trends7,8, IGN9, Wirecutter10,11 and Tom's Guide12.
1 Source: The NPD Group, Inc., U.S. Weekly Retail Tracking Service, LCD TV, Based on units, Jan. 6, 2019 – Nov. 30, 2019 combined.
2 Source: The NPD Group, Inc., U.S. Weekly Retail Tracking Service, Sound Bars, Based on Units, Dec. 24, 2017 – Apr. 20, 2019 Combined
3 Source: The NPD Group, Inc., U.S. Weekly Retail Tracking Service, LCD TV, Quantum dots included, Based on units, Jan. 6, 2019 – Nov. 30, 2019 vs. Dec. 31, 2017 – Nov. 24, 2018 combined.
4 Source: The NPD Group, Inc., U.S. Weekly Retail Tracking Service, Sound Bars, Dolby Atmos, Jan. 6, 2019 – Sep. 28, 2019 vs Dec. 31, 2017 – Sep. 22, 2018 Combined.
5 Visit Cnet.com for the VIZIO SB36512-F6 review (published June 12, 2019)
6 Visit Reviewed.com for the VIZIO P-Series Quantum X review (published: June 3, 2019)
7 Visit DigitalTrends.com for the VIZIO P-Series Quantum X review (published August 30, 2019)
8 Visit DigitalTrends.com for the VIZIO SB36514-G6 (published September 12, 2019)
9 Visit IGN.com for the full VIZIO P-Series Quantum review (published May 22, 2019)
10 Visit Wirecutter.com for the Best Sound bar article (published September 9, 2018)
11 Visit Wirecutter.com for The Best Sound Bar article (published September 9, 2018)
12 Visit Tomsguide.com for the VIZIO M-Series Quantum review (published June 25, 2019)
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