What about a takeback service for every electronic product you sell in India? Greenpeace asks Samsung

Press release - August 12, 2008
NEW DELHI, India — Greenpeace activists dressed as Samsung mobile phones and television paid a visit to the company's Corporate Head office at Nehru Place here today to demand that the company start a take-back service for all its discarded products, not just the mobile phones.

Greenpeace activists at Samsung's India corporate office at Nehru Place, New Delhi ask the company to implement free, voluntary take back service in India for all its end-of-life products.

The activists asked the brand to live up to its commitment as stated on its global website, and start free, voluntary and comprehensive takeback service in India for all of its discarded, end-or-life products.

The activists also distributed leaflets to the general public comparing what Samsung is actually doing on e-waste management in India with what Greenpeace demands from the company.  

'For a leading brand like Samsung commanding a good market share in India, it is not enough to announce a few takeback collection points and that only for mobile phones. What about the whole range of electronics products the company sells in India?" asked Abhishek Pratap, Greenpeace toxics campaigner.

Following the release of the Greenpeace report "TakeBack Blues-An assessment of e-waste takeback by brands in India" in which, one of the findings indicated Samsung not having take-back service for the country, the company has now decided to provide 8 takeback collection points, mainly in big cities in India.

Samsung is the leading LCD manufacturer and the third largest mobile phone manufacturer in India. However, the company's responsibility towards the environment has not grown with its growing market share, at least, not until now, in India. Being a strong and reputed global brand, it is expected that Samsung should have consistent environmental policies and practices in every country where it sells its products.  Even though the brand offers takeback services for some of its end-of-life products in the US, Europe, China and its home country Korea, this is not enough as these services are not for all its products.

Furthermore, Samsung (globally) supports the principle of individual producer responsibility, but its actions in India suggest that the company is not following this principle as it is not keen to take responsibility for its end-of-life products here.

"The decision to set up 8 collection points is a welcome step, but not enough for a large country like India. We want Samsung to immediately implement free, easy and pan-India takeback services for its entire product range, in line with it's global commitment to e-waste management and recycling," demanded Abhishek Pratap.

Takeback services will encourage producers to phase out the use of toxic substances in their products at the design stage, thus allowing for safer recycling and reduced end-of-life costs for these companies. Greenpeace is demanding that all electronics producers take full responsibility for their own brand's e-waste on a global level, by ensuring that it is properly and safely recycled or disposed of.

For more information, please visit www. designouttoxics.org

For further information, contact

Ramapati Kumar, Greenpeace Toxics Campaigner +91 98455 35414
Abhishek Pratap, Greenpeace Toxics Campaigner +91 98456 10749
Saumya Tripathy, Greenpeace Communications +91 93438 62212