Panasonic Corporation announced Thursday a nationwide recycling program for their televisions and other electronics. Consumers can drop off their products free of charge to designated locations, as a part of the company's "commit

ment to responsible product lifecycle management."

The program has been made possible with the collaboration of Panasonic, Sharp Electronics and Toshiba, in a venture contracted to Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Management Company, LLC (“MRM”). According to the site, for states that are mandating producer responsibility for the collection and recycling of electronic products, this program will make manufacturer compliance simpler.

Beginning Saturday, more than 160 drop-off sites in ten states were opened, and will gradually expand to all fifty states in the next three years. A list of the participating sites is available at the MRM site , with more details to be made available in January, 2009.