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2012 International CES Reused and Recycled 75 Percent of Materials
[April 19, 2012]

2012 International CES Reused and Recycled 75 Percent of Materials

ARLINGTON, Va. --(Business Wire)--

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, owner and producer of the International CES (News - Alert), significantly expanded its recycling and repurposing efforts at the 2012 International CES in Las Vegas, January 10-13, by recycling 75 percent of show materials. The International CES is the world's largest technology tradeshow, and has been named North America's Greenest Show by Trade Show Executive Magazine.

This year, CEA collected a record amount of materials to recycle and repurpose:

  • More than 35,700 square feet, equivalent to 20,000 pounds, of magnetic banners;
  • 28,600 square feet of vinyl banners;
  • 16,000 square feet of other show signs and materials; and
  • For the first time, almost 50,000 pounds of show publications.

"Every year, we work tirelessly to make the International CES even more environmentally sustainable than the year before," said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, events and conferences, CEA. "This year, we exceeded years past, increasing the overall reuse and recycle rate to 75 percent of all CES materials."

By repurposing used vinyl banners from the 2011 International CES, CEA commissioned the creation of 190,000 badge holders for the 2012 show, an unprecedented effort to reuse show materials. Following the 2012 CES, CEA collected 11,000 of those recycled badge holders and will repurpose them for a third life at the 2013 International CES next January.

In addition to the continued greening of the International CES, CEA also supports green nonprofits near the site of the show in Las Vegas. This year, CEA donated the following:

  • $50,000 to Green Chips, a local Las Vegas charity supporting sustainable initiatives including solar panel installations. The donated funds will go toward new solar panels at the Las Vegas Rescue Mission, which serves those in need in Southern Nevada by providing food, clothing, shelter, and ongoing services and programs. As Las Vegas has more than 300 days of sunshine a year, these new solar panels are incredibly efficient in reducing the Rescue Mission's energy bills while using and promoting clean energy.
  • $25,000 to Repurpose America, which will take signs and other aterials from the 2012 CES to repurpose as new sun shade structures at two local community centers in Las Vegas.

For more details on the greening of CES, please see this video. For more information on the sustainability practices of the 2012 International CES, please go to

About CEA:

The Consumer Electronics Association (News - Alert) (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $195 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES - The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA's industry services. Find CEA online: and Follow CES at and through social media:;;


  • LA Games Conference
    April 23-24, 2012, Los Angeles, CA (News - Alert)
  • CES on the Hill
    April 24, 2012, Washington, D.C.
  • Digital Patriots Dinner
    April 25, 2012, Washington, D.C.
  • 2012 Spring Technology & Standards Forum
    May 14-18, 2012, Dallas, TX
  • Producers Guild of America's Produced By Conference
    June 8-10, 2012, Culver City, CA
  • CE Week
    June 25-29, 2012, New York, NY
  • 6Sight Future of Imaging Conference @ CE Week
    June 25-26, 2012, New York, NY
  • CEA Research Summit @ CE Week
    June 26, 2012, New York, NY
  • CEA Line Shows @ CE Week
    June 27-28, 2012, New York, NY
  • Eureka Park Challenge @ CE Week
    June 27-28, 2012, New York, NY
  • 2012 SINOCES
    July 5-8, 2012, Qingdao, China
  • CEA Industry Forum
    October 14-17, 2012, San Francisco, CA
  • CEA Research Summit @ Industry Forum
    October 17, 2012, San Francisco, CA
  • CEO Summit and Board Retreat
    October 17-19, 2012, Sonoma, CA
  • CES New York Press Preview featuring CES [email protected]
    November 12, 2012, New York, NY
  • 2013 International CES
    January 8-11, 2013, Las Vegas, NV

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