Wacom Announces E-waste Program

Aug 31, 2010, 08:00 ET from Wacom

VANCOUVER, Wash., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Wacom® Technology Corp. announces the start of its e-waste (electronic waste) take-back program for customers looking to recycle interactive pen display models that are no longer being used or ready to be retired.  Wacom customers interested in participating can consult www.wacom.com/ewaste to access recycling data for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  The site features a shipping label tool whereby customers can print out a UPS label for the nearest recycling center, affix it to a box containing the old equipment and drop it off at a UPS center or satellite office for shipment to the recycling location.  The Wacom-sponsored take-back program currently covers the following ten states: Hawaii, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.  Nearly 100% of the display materials are recycled and the program is free to all participants.

"Wacom deeply cares about the environment and supports a variety of green initiatives," said Joe Deal, president of Wacom Technology Corp.  "Our new e-waste program demonstrates our commitment to recycling and taking care of our planet for future generations to enjoy."

E-waste legislation has passed in 23 states and sets mandatory manufacturer or retailer  participation in recycling programs as well as a ban on depositing computer monitors and other display types into landfills.  Wacom participates through state administered recycling programs in 11 of these states including California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.  New York and South Carolina also recently passed e-waste legislation, but the programs are not yet operational.

Wacom anticipates that e-waste initiatives will continue to gain traction in other states and might one day include other recyclable products other than its displays.  Customers seeking additional information on Wacom's recycling program are encouraged to visit www.wacom.com/ewaste or call 800-922-6613.

About Wacom

Founded in 1983, Wacom is a global company based in Japan with subsidiaries and affiliate offices around the world to support marketing and distribution in over 150 countries. Wacom's vision to bring people and technology closer together through natural interface technologies has made it the world's leading manufacturer of pen tablets, interactive pen displays, and digital interface solutions. The advanced technology of Wacom's intuitive input devices has been used to create some of the most exciting digital art, films, special effects, fashion and designs around the world and provides business and home users with its leading interface technology to express their personality.  

For more information, please contact:

Douglas A. Little

Public Relations Manager

Wacom Technology Corp.

360-896-9833 x174