Professor: E-waste Take-back Legislation Could Result In Higher Manufacturing, Remanufacturing Profits

Read the full article in Environmental Protection.

As consumers rely more on computers and other electronic products, communities are faced with the question of how to deal with the growing stockpile of used, obsolete products. While various reports estimate that electronic waste is less than 4 percent of the total solid waste stream in the United States, electronic waste is estimated to be growing 2-3 times faster than any other waste stream.

Though some U.S. states are currently considering e-waste legislation, few states have enacted take-back laws, which require manufacturers to incur the costs of collection/disposal of e-waste. Earlier this year, the Washington governor signed what is considered the most comprehensive electronic waste recycling bill in the nation (SB 6428).

New data from Scott Webster, professor of supply chain management in the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University (SU), finds that there may be an economic incentive for policymakers in deliberations about legislation around the collection/disposal of e-waste.

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