Samsung honored for continued sustainability leadership by US EPA

Solar Cell Remote Control

Received two awards in recognition of innovations in recycling and eco-products

In recognition of its environmental leadership and innovation, Samsung Electronics America today received two awards from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Samsung’s accolades include a Gold Tier Award, the EPA’s highest honor for responsible recycling of electronic waste (e-waste), and a Sustained Excellence Award, a new EPA accolade, recognizing our heritage of Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) product innovation, including our revolutionary solar cell remote control for Samsung TVs.

The EPA’s SMM Electronics Challenge program recognizes brands that have used innovative strategies to use materials in more environmentally responsible ways throughout their life cycle. Samsung’s eco-innovation in materials and responsible recycling program have been recognized annually by the EPA and our consumer recycling programs have received the highest level of SMM award since the SMM program was established in 2014. The 2021 SMM Electronics Challenge award winners were recognized during a virtual awards ceremony held today.

“At Samsung, we make sustainability the driving force behind our bold innovations and we are deeply honored by the recognition of these efforts by the EPA,” said Mark Newton, corporate sustainability manager for Samsung Electronics America. “Our engineers and designers are constantly finding meaningful ways to reduce waste and minimize our environmental impact as part of our journey towards a more circular economy. When consumers buy a Samsung product, we want them to have the assurance that they not only benefit from our advanced technology and advances in eco-innovation, but that we also make it easier for them to repair, refurbish and recycle their products as well.”

“It’s going to take all of us working together to build a sustainable future, and I applaud the organizations recognized today for their leadership in essential e-recycling efforts,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “Electronics is a global economic engine with supply chains stretching across the globe and products playing an important role in our daily lives. Through the efforts of these organizations, we are able to recover and recycle valuable resources such as precious metals, critical minerals, plastics and glass.

The EPA SMM Gold Tier award, which Samsung has won for the eighth consecutive year, recognizes our excellence in e-waste collection across the United States. We collect and recycle an average of 100 million pounds of electronic waste per year in the United States, the greenhouse gas (GHG) equivalent of more than two million trees sequestering carbon for ten years. Since 2008, we’ve responsibly recycled over one billion pounds of electronics, diverting them from US landfills and reclaiming reusable materials. And Samsung has an ambitious goal to incorporate 500,000 tons of recycled plastics into its products globally by 2030.

Samsung Solar Battery Remotes

In addition to our legacy of SMM innovations over the years, the EPA’s Sustainable Excellence Award recognizes Samsung’s SolarCell remote, which was introduced in early 2021 and developed to reduce battery waste and help closing the loop on plastic waste. This innovation, which is currently available with Samsung 4K and 8K QLED (Neo, Q80A, Q70A, Q60A) and MicroLED TVs, is expected to eliminate the disposal of 99 million AA batteries and avoid 5,840 tonnes of GHGs over seven years. of use*. Beyond reducing battery waste, Samsung is reducing plastic waste because the remote contains 24% recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polycarbonate (PC).

solar cell remote control

Additionally, in January 2022, Samsung unveiled advancements in the second generation of its SolarCell remote, which can now draw electricity from radio frequencies in devices such as Wi-Fi routers. The remote has also been included in more Samsung products, such as new Samsung TVs and appliances, all with the goal of eliminating the disposal of more than 200 million AA batteries from landfills.

To learn more about Samsung’s responsible recycling programs and innovative sustainability efforts, please visit And to learn more about the EPA’s sustainable materials management programs, go to

* Seven years is the average life cycle of TV products.