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E-M:/ National electronics recycling effort makes progress

"Representatives from electronics manufacturers, government agencies, environmental groups, and others have achieved a major milestone in the development of a joint nationwide plan for managing used electronics. In their fourth meeting on March 11-12 in Washington, D.C., all stakeholders in the National Electronics Product Stewardship Initiative (NEPSI) agreed to work toward the establishment of a financing system that will include the costs of managing used electronic products in the overall purchase price of new electronic products.  [Text of Agreement attached].

The agreement commits the stakeholders to work on the development of a "front-end financed system" during the remaining work of the NEPSI Dialogue and to develop an agreed action plan for establishing this system that includes federal legislation needed to facilitate the implementation of the system. The action plan will also include steps that can be taken during the period before the "front-end" system is in place nationally that will improve existing systems for managing used electronics and prepare for the new financing system." (For more, see attached press release from the NATIONAL ELECTRONICS PRODUCT STEWARDSHIP INITIATIVE)

Until a national collection program may be implemented (see summary of press release below), local collections for Cathode ray tubes (TVs and monitors) especially continue to be important in order to increase public awareness of the potential hazards of electronic wastes and maintain the pressure on manufacturers to help address the challenge. At the local and state level, we can compliment an eventual national program by helping to implement collections locally (helping to identify and work with retail stores which may offer convenient drop-offs and possibly coordinating community collections which may be reimbursed by a national program) and by considering legislation to prohibit the landfill/incineration disposal of CRTs (since a national recycling collection program is expected to offer consumers a convenient alternative).

Steve Leuty
Recycling Coordinator
Kalamazoo County
tele: 616-384-8110
fax: 616-383-8862
e-mail: scleut@kalcounty.com

"You must become the change you wish to see in the world."
Mahatma Gandhi

NEPSI Press Release 0319.02.doc