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Greenpeace calls on Philips to take back & recycle

As Philips business relations gathered for the Philips Simplicity Event in Moscow's Red Square to celebrate its 110 years on the Russian market, Greenpeace activists unveiled a banner with the text "Philips: simply take back & recycle" and handed out leaflets to people attending the event. Greenpeace is calling on the company to accept responsibility for its own-branded electronic waste (e-waste) and to take back and recycle its products in every country where they are sold, including Russia.

"Although it promises 'Sense and Simplicity', Philips is instead promoting a senseless and irresponsible approach to tackling e-waste," said Martin Hojsik, Greenpeace International toxics campaigner. "Philips should simply take financial responsibility for its own products. And, it has to make sure all its discarded products are collected worldwide so that the burden of cleaning up this toxic e-waste is not put on the shoulders of unprotected, poor people."

Philips only takes back its e-waste in countries where it is legally obliged to do so, and refuses to shoulder the real costs of its own e-waste fairly. Instead, Philips tries to make other producers bear its costs and make consumers pay higher or distorted costs by supporting 'collective producer responsibility'. Other electronics producers, including Sony, Toshiba, Dell and Lenovo, accept responsibility for their own-branded obsolete products, supporting 'Individual Producer Responsibility', and setting up voluntary take-back systems for their
products. Philips stands out in sharp contrast, as it actively lobbies against the implementation of individual producer responsibility, under existing legislation and its adoption in future legislation.

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