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Fw: E-M:/ National electronics recycling effort makes progress

It's about time this move is taken.  I've been arguing for years that every
new product, chemical, device, whatever, that is placed on the open market,
or put into use by industry, should be extensively researched for possible
negative impact, and have its means of disposal created before it is ever
put into use. If this had been done long ago, we would never have had the
extensive DDT problem, or the accumulation of other noxious, toxic and
undesirable substances in our environment.  The problem with genetically
engineered corn would never have arisen.  True, the initial cost would be
higher, but I suspect that the cost would be far less than having to clean
up a huge tract of the environment at some later date.  Further, the cost
would be borne with the originator of the product--right where it belongs.
My thoughts on this precede even the original big hullabaloo over Yucca
Mountain as THE radioactive materials disposal site.  Now if we could just
get other industries on board with the same sort of logic. . . who knows how
much cleaner our environment could become?
Delavan Sipes
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Subject: 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

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