Recognized by EPA for Environmental Achievements

We take pride in our commitment to reduce electronic waste and promote safe recycling industry practices. We’re honored to have our electronics recycling program acknowledged by the EPA.

We’ve saved 305 million pounds of electronics from landfills.

We strongly believe in helping to protect our environment. We support over 1,000 permanent electronic waste collection sites in the US and we are committed to sending used electronics to third-party certified recyclers.

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Achieving Gold Tier in the EPA SMM Challenge

VIZIO is proud to have participated in the EPA Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Challenge since 2016, reaching the Gold Tier Award Level in 2019.

What is the EPA SMM Challenge?

In order to participate in the SMM challenge Gold Tier, companies must complete the following:

  1. Send at least 95% of all used electronics collected to a third-party certified recycler by the end of the baseline year of participation in the SMM Electronics Challenge.
  2. Provide a detailed explanation of the final destination of the electronics sent to non-certified vendors.
  3. Strive to send 100 percent of used electronics collected from all collection streams (e.g., consumer, warranty and return, business-to-business and internal equipment) to recyclers or refurbishers that have been certified to a recognized third-party certification program no later than the third year of participation.
  4. Submit baseline data within six months of registration.
  5. Increase the total amount of used electronics collected for reuse and recycling from the previous baseline or annual total. If an increase was not possible, explain why not.
  6. Provide for policies that favor recycling and reuse of electronic equipment and/or components as opposed to energy recovery, incineration, or land disposal.

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What does VIZIO report to the EPA?

  1. Total amount collected for reuse and recycling (including consumer, warranty and return, business-to-business and internal equipment, and electronics collected and/or purchased to meet state take back laws)
  2. Percentage of total amount collected sent to third party certified recyclers.
  3. Report the total weight of electronics collected in states with take-back laws (including CA, MA, etc.) specifically collected to meet state Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) laws.
  4. Report the additional weight of used electronics collected for reuse and recycling in states with take-back laws above the amount required by the states.
  5. Report the total amount of used electronics collected for reuse and recycling in states without takeback laws.
  6. Report the weight of electronics collected, but not attributable to a specific state (ex: collected by mail-back program, regional agreement, or other method that does not allow tracking).

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View EPA SMM Challenge Recycling Reports:
2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020

Elected to e-Stewards Leadership Council

VIZIO is proud to be an e-Stewards Enterprise Organization.

Since 2019, VIZIO has been serving as a member of the e-Stewards Leadership Council. e-Stewards certified electronic waste recyclers go through a rigorous third-party auditing program designed to promote best practices for environmental protection and ensuring electronic waste isn’t exported to developing nations.

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Our Commitment to You

VIZIO was one of the first companies to create mercury-free TVs and believe in
continuing to explore ways to develop eco-friendly products for our consumers.

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Recycle with Ease .

Doing the right thing shouldn’t be a hard thing. There are two simple ways you can properly dispose of your used electronics. Drop them off at a local collection site or mail them in. Follow the steps below to get started.

Find a Drop Off Location

Or mail it back

Packaging Recycling.

VIZIO encourages the recycling of the packaging used for your VIZIO-branded electronic device. Please break-down all boxes and recycle eligible materials according to local laws and regulations. If you’re not sure of how to recycle your VIZIO packaging please call us at (800) 374-3473 and we will help you determine the best way for you to recycle your packaging.

Safe Battery Disposal.

In many places batteries cannot be thrown away or discarded with household waste. VIZIO recommends responsibly disposing of batteries by dropping them off at an authorized collector. To find a drop off location near you, see our friends at Call2Recycle.

 

Find your State Regulations.

VIZIO takes its role in protecting the environment very seriously and encourages responsible recycling across the United States. 25 states and the District of Columbia have launched electronic recycling (eWaste) laws in some fashion. VIZIO offers eWaste recycling programs across the US that are in compliance with local laws and regulations. Below is a list of states that have enacted electronic waste laws and information on how consumers in those states can properly dispose of their electronic waste. If your state is not listed, please contact us at vizio@eridirect.com or call (800) 374-3473.
 

To view each state’s recycling regulations please click a state within the map.

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Washington

Washington’s free, convenient and environmentally responsible electronics recycling program has been operational since January 1, 2009. VIZIO is a participant of this program. Products accepted at E-Cycle Washington drop off sites are: computers, monitors, laptops, tablet computers, TVs, portable DVD players and e-readers. For more information on E-Cycle Washington, please visit their website.

Minnesota

Minnesota’s electronics recycling legislation was signed into law in May 2007, targeting the collection and recycling of “video display devices” sold to households/ consumers, including “televisions”, “computer monitors” and other select devices which meet the definitions in the statute: Minnesota Electronics Recycling Act (115A.1310)

VIZIO is proud to partner with Electronic Recyclers International, Inc.Opens in New Window to address the responsible recycling needs of electronic waste for the consumers in Minnesota.

Oklahoma

VIZIO is proud to partner with Electronic Recyclers International, Inc. to provide recycling free of charge to the residents of Oklahoma through a mail back program. This ensures that once CEDs and TVs meet the end of their useful life, they will be properly disposed of, recycled or reused.

For more information on Oklahoma’s EWaste Bill, please visit the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality Land Protection Division’s website.

Texas

Texas encourages residents to support the state’s economy and environment by repairing, reselling, donating, or recycling used electronics. Choosing to recycle used electronics over landfill disposal reduces the need to process raw materials for new products.

VIZIO is proud to partner with Electronic Recyclers International, Inc. to provide free electronic recycling to the residents of Texas.

Click here to find drop-off locations that accept televisions for recycling.

California

In 2003, California enacted landmark legislation for the nation’s first ever advanced recovery fee program. The Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003 (SB 20, 2003, and SB 50, 2004, Sher) requires that consumers in the State of California pay a small fee on some electronic purchases at the point of purchase. This ensures that once covered electronic equipment meets the end of its useful life, it will be properly disposed of, recycled or reused.

Starting January 1, 2005, the law requires all products with video displays greater than 4 inches wide to be charged a fee at the retail point of sale. Currently, the fees are as follows:

Categories Fee
Video Display Device more than four inches but less than 15 $4.00
At least 15 inches but less than 35 inches $5.00
35 inches or more $6.00

VIZIO is a proud participant of this legislation. If you would like more information, please visit the State of California’s website

Oregon

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has established a statewide program, “Oregon E-Cycles”, which is a free, easy and environmentally responsible recycling program for computers, monitors, TVs, printers, and mice. Oregon E-Cycles program is financed by electronics manufacturers and jointly implemented with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. VIZIO is a participant in this program and encourages Oregon consumers to visit Oregon E-Cycle’s website for more information on this program and to find a collection site

Indiana

The Indiana General Assembly enacted the Indiana Electronic Waste Law which established Indiana E-Cycle. The purpose of the program is to reduce the amount of electronic waste being sent to Indiana landfills and to ensure that hazardous substances found in electronic waste are being managed in an appropriate and environmentally responsible manner. For more information on this program, please visit Indiana E-Cycle’s website.

VIZIO is proud to partner with Electronic Recyclers International, Inc. to provide recycling to the residents of Indiana.

Illinois

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has established a statewide system for recycling and/or reusing electronic items that have met the end of their useful life from residences. This ensures that once these Covered and Eligible Devices (as defined below) have met the end of their useful life, they will be properly disposed or, recycled or reused at no charge to the residents of Illinois.

VIZIO is proud to partner with Electronic Recyclers International, Inc. to provide recycling free of charge to the residents of Illinois. 

In 2017, Illinois adopted the Consumer Electronics Recycling Act (CERA), which will replace the current Electronic Products Recycling & Reuse Act as of January 1, 2019. If you are a designated county recycling coordinator or represent a municipal joint action agency and are looking for more information on how to participate in the 2019 e-waste recycling program under the CERA please visit: 
www.ilclearinghouse.org

For more information on this program, please visit the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s website.

Effective January 1, 2012 all of the covered electronic devices listed below are banned from landfill:

  • Televisions
  • Monitors
  • Printers
  • Computers (laptop, notebook, netbook, tablet, desktop)
  • Electronic Keyboards
  • Facsimile Machines
  • Videocassette Recorders
  • Portable Digital Music Players
  • Digital Video Disc Players
  • Video Game Consoles
  • Small Scale Servers
  • Scanners
  • Electronic Mice
  • Digital Converter Boxes
  • Cable Receivers
  • Satellite Receivers
  • Digital Video Disc Recorders

Eligible Electronic Devices

  • Cell Phones
  • Portable Digital Assistant (PDA)
  • Computer Cable
  • Zip Drive

Utah

Utah Department of Environmental Quality encourages residents to recycle electronics responsibly. To find more information on recycling in Utah and recycling locations, please visit the Utah Department of Environmental Quality’s website found here.

VIZIO is proud to partner with Electronic Recyclers International, Inc. to provide recycling free of charge to the residents of Utah through a mail back program. This ensures that once CEDs and TVs meet the end of their useful life, they will be properly disposed of, recycled or reused.

South Carolina

South Carolina’s electronics recycling legislation bans the disposal of specific electronics in solid waste landfills effective July 1, 2011. This legislation requires residents to recycle computers, computer monitors, printers and TVs. For more information on this legislation and details of the program, please visit South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s website.

VIZIO is proud to partner with Electronic Recyclers International, Inc. to provide free and convenient electronic recycling to the residents of South Carolina.

North Carolina

North Carolina has enacted legislation that establishes an electronics recycling program for the State of North Carolina with the general goal of fostering a statewide recycling infrastructure for electronics that have reached the end of their useful life. For more information on this program, please visit North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Qualities’ website.

VIZIO is proud to partner with Electronic Recyclers International, Inc. to provide free and convenient electronic recycling to the residents of North Carolina.

Maine

VIZIO is a participant in Maine’s statewide electronic recycling program. For more information on this program, please visit Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection’s website.

Pennsylvania

The State of Pennsylvania enacted the Covered Device Recycling Act of 2010 establishing a recycling program for certain covered devices including computers, TVs, and computer peripheral. For more information on this Act, please visit the Pennsylvania Department of Protection’s website.

VIZIO is proud to partner with Electronic Recyclers International, Inc. to provide free and convenient electronic recycling to the residents of Pennsylvania.

Maryland

VIZIO is pleased to offer the residents of Maryland with a mail back program in conjunction with Electronic Recyclers International, Inc (ERI). The program is offered at no charge to Maryland consumers and includes free shipping and free packaging options. Maryland consumers with questions regarding VIZIO's program or that wish to request free packaging can email vizio@eridirect.com or call 800-374-3473. Consumers may also visit the mail back website here.

For all Maryland consumers, VIZIO encourages consumers to take additional steps to destroy all personal and confidential data contained on computers, data storage devices, and hard drives. While VIZIO's partner, Electronic Recyclers International, Inc., provides data destruction on all products received, it is always a good idea for consumers to consider removing or wiping their data prior to return. The following are some options for destroying data on your device:

  • Consult your product's user manual or manufacturer's website for information on factory reset buttons or reconfiguration menus.
  • Utilize software programs for data erasure. Examples include but are not limited to DBAN or Eraser.

For more information on Maryland’s Statewide Electronics Recycling Program and to find permanent collection sites for residents, please visit The State of Maryland’s Department of the Environment’s website.

Vermont

Vermont has established a free electronic recycling program through Vermont E-Cycles. VIZIO is a participant of this program. Collection locations are located statewide and operate year-round. All computers, monitors, printers, computer peripherals, and TVs- regardless of brand, age, or condition are accepted for free recycling. For more information on Vermont E-Cycles, collection locations and specifics of the program, please visit Vermont E-Cycles’ website.

Rhode Island

A comprehensive electronic waste recycling program is in effect for households and schools in Rhode Island. Rhode Island enacted an electronic recycling law in June of 2008. For more information on this legislation, please visit The State of Rhode Island’s Department of Environmental Management’s website. This ensures that once CEDs and TVs meet the end of their useful life, they will be properly disposed of, recycled or reused.

VIZIO is proud to partner with Electronic Recyclers International, Inc. to provide free and convenient electronic recycling to the residents of Rhode Island.

Hawaii

The Hawaii Electronic Waste and Television Recycling and Recovery Law requires manufactures of covered electronic devices (CEDs) and televisions (TVs) to operate recycling programs in the state of Hawaii. This ensures that once CEDs and TVs meet the end of their useful life, they will be properly disposed of, recycled or reused at no charge to the residents of Hawaii.

VIZIO is proud to partner with Electronic Recyclers International, Inc. to provide recycling free of charge to the residents of Hawaii.

For more information on this, and the text of the law, please visit the State of Hawaii’s website.

New York

New York State consumers are required to recycle electronic waste, such as computers, computer peripherals, televisions, small scale servers, and small electronic equipment, etc., in an environmentally responsible manner. For more information, please visit New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s website.

VIZIO is proud to partner with Electronic Recyclers International, Inc. to provide free and convenient electronic recycling to the residents of New York to ensure that once covered electronic equipment meets the end of its useful life, it will be properly disposed of, recycled or reused. VIZIO will accept all VIZIO branded covered electronic equipment* and, with any purchase of a VIZIO branded covered electronic equipment, VIZIO will recycle your old brand of the same type of covered electronic equipment at no cost.

For all New York Consumers, VIZIO encourages consumers to take additional steps to destroy all personal and confidential data contained on computers, data storage devices, and hard drives. While VIZIO's partner, Electronic Recyclers International, Inc., provides data destruction on all products received, it is always a good idea for consumers to consider removing or wiping their data prior to return. The following are some options for destroying data on your device:

  • Consult your product's user manual or manufacturer's website for information on factory reset buttons or reconfiguration menus.
  • Utilize software programs for data erasure. Examples include but are not limited to DBAN or Eraser.

Virginia

Virginia’s electronics recycling legislation bans the disposal of specific electronics in solid waste landfills effective July 1, 2009. This legislation requires residents to recycle computers, laptops, and computer monitors. For more information on this legislation and details of the program, please visit the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality website.

VIZIO is proud to partner with Electronic Recyclers International, Inc. to provide free and convenient electronic recycling to the residents of Virginia that complies with Section 10.1-1425.38 of the Code of Virginia regarding sound environmental management of collected materials. For the 2018 calendar year, no VIZIO computer equipment for collection or recycling was generated by the state.

West Virginia

For more information on West Virginia’s electronic recycling bill, please visit West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s website.

VIZIO is proud to partner with Electronic Recyclers International, Inc. to provide recycling free of charge to the residents of West Virginia through a mail back program. This ensures that once CEDs and TVs meet the end of their useful life, they will be properly disposed of, recycled or reused.

New Jersey

New Jersey established the Electronics Waste Management Act as an Act to support free and environmentally sound recycling program for computers, monitors, laptops, portable computers, and televisions.

VIZIO is proud to partner with Electronic Recyclers International, Inc. to provide recycling free of charge to the residents of New Jersey to ensure that once covered electronic equipment meets the end of its useful life, it will be properly disposed of, recycled or reused.

Connecticut

An electronics waste recycling law was enacted in July of 2007 which allows Connecticut residents to properly recycle certain covered electronic devices (CEDs) such as computers, monitors, printers and televisions free of charge.

Please visit the State of Connecticut’s website for more information on this program and how to properly dispose of electronics.

Wisconsin

E-Cycle Wisconsin is a statewide, manufacturer-funded program that recycles certain electronics used in homes and schools. Individuals, K-12 public schools and Parental Choice Program schools can use E-Cycle Wisconsin to save on electronics recycling. Others may use the program to find responsible recyclers. Manufacturers, recyclers, collectors, retailers, local governments and others have important roles to play in making E-Cycle Wisconsin a success. For more information on this program, please visit E-Cycle Wisconsin’s website.

VIZIO is proud to partner with Electronic Recyclers International, Inc. to address responsible recycling needs of electronic waste for the consumers in Wisconsin. Please visit here to find Drop-off Locations in Wisconsin.

Michigan

Michigan established The Electronic Waste Takeback Program in 2008 as part of a law promoting electronic waste recycling. For more information on this program, please visit Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality’s website.

VIZIO is proud to partner with Electronic Recyclers International, Inc. to provide recycling free of charge to the residents of Michigan through a mail back program. This ensures that once CEDs and TVs meet the end of their useful life, they will be properly disposed of, recycled or reused at no charge to the residents of Michigan

District of Columbia

The Sustainable Solid Waste Management Amendment Act of 2014 requires manufacturers of covered electronic equipment (CEE) to collect and recycle electronic waste generated in the District. This ensures that once Covered Electronic Equipment meets the end of their useful life, they will be properly disposed of, recycled or reused. For more information on this program, please visit The District of Columbia’s Department of Energy & Environment’s website

VIZIO is proud to partner with Electronic Recyclers International, Inc. to provide recycling to the residents of DC.

Discover Our Green Partners.

We encourage our consumers to make caring for the environment a part of their everyday life. Check out our trusted partners to learn even more ways you can go green.

As a member of the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), VIZIO fully supports the vision and
mission of the RBA:

Vision

A global electronics industry that creates sustainable value for workers, the environment and business.

Mission

Members, suppliers and stakeholders collaborate to improve working and environmental conditions through leading standards and practices.

 

VIZIO commits to comply to the RBA Code of Conduct in its own operations, progressively
implementing the RBA approach and tools in the spirit of the industry’s common goals.

VIZIO also commits to progressively apply the RBA Code of Conduct to its suppliers, to monitor
its application to the best of its ability using RBA practices and tools, and to encourage and
support its suppliers to do the same.