In June 2001, major players from the U.S. electronics manufacturing industry, U.S. federal, state and local governments, and environmental groups came together through the National Electronics Product Stewardship Initiative (NEPSI) to discuss how to reduce the environmental impact of electronics products, particularly through the development of viable end-of-life programs. The dialogue is tackling difficult issues such as how to viably finance and maximize collection, reuse and recycling of electronics products.
"Recognizing the importance of a national solution that includes all stakeholders, Nokia enthusiastically joined the dialogue. Nokia Inc.'s environmental and safety manager for the Americas, David White, notes that "We are very excited to have the opportunity to participate in this dialogue. Nokia has several environmental initiatives that have helped us reduce our overall environmental impact that we can bring to the dialogue table. Nokia's role in this dialogue is to reduce the environmental impact and landfill usage created by obsolete electronic equipment in an industry friendly way."
When the dialogue concludes in the Spring of next year, Nokia hopes to continue to work with the NEPSI stakeholders to develop long-term and viable end-of-life solutions.