Federal Report Calls For Uniform, National System For Recycling Electronics

Read the full article in Environmental Protection magazine.

A uniform national system of electronics recycling is preferred by stakeholders to a patchwork of differing state systems, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Technology Administration stated.

In a report released on July 18, the Technology Administration noted that stakeholders face a patchwork of international and state laws that can affect the manufacture, marketing and business models of the U.S. electronics sector, as well as the transaction costs and business models of our retail sector. More than 10 countries have laws on recycling discarded electronics and more are developing legislation. In the United States, five states have banned the disposal of cathode ray tubes from television and computer monitors in landfills. Four states have passed statewide electronics recycling laws, yet each has very different requirements for manufacturers, retailers, local governments and consumers.

The report can be accessed at http://www.technology.gov. Note that it is nearly 300 pages long.

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