Frustrated by inaction in Congress, a growing number of states are trying to reduce the rising tide of junked TVs, computers, and other electronics that have become one of the nation’s fastest-growing waste streams, reports the Associated Press. Nineteen states have passed laws requiring the recycling of old electronics, and 13 other states are considering laws. But as these state measures take effect, the electronics industry is pushing back against what it calls a hard-to-follow "patchwork." Two trade groups, the Consumer Electronics Association and the Information Technology Industry Council, are suing New York City over its recycling law, which will make electronics manufacturers provide free collection of electronics weighing more than 15 pounds. The groups contend the law, which requires detailed paper trails documenting their recycling, will cost their member companies more than $200 million annually. Parker Brugge, the Consumer Electronics Association’s vice president of environmental affairs and industry sustainability, said the states’ laws burden manufacturers with drafting state-specific recycling plans. His group would prefer a national eWaste law that sets a uniform policy and spreads the responsibility of recycling among companies, consumers and local governments…

Click here for the full story

About the Author:

eSchool News


Add your opinion to the discussion.