This is from a colleague in Washington State. I've asked him to send me the statute language.
While it's not Ag Plastics, there are similarities...
It's getting easier to recycle e-waste
Manufacturers will create, fund program under new state law
By RACHEL LA CORTE
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
OLYMPIA -- Manufacturers of televisions and computers will foot the bill for
recycling and safely disposing of their products once they are discarded
under a measure Gov. Christine Gregoire has signed into law.
Under the new law, manufacturers will have to establish a program to
collect, transport and dispose of old electronic products.
Household consumers, schools, charities, small governments and small
businesses will be able to drop off their e-waste without charge once the
program is fully implemented, by Jan. 1, 2009.
The proposal was prompted by the state Department of Ecology's two-year
study of recycling alternatives for the products.
"With the upcoming switch to high-definition television, now is the time to
put this program into place in our state," Gregoire said before signing the
Gregoire vetoed a section in the bill that would prohibit the export of
e-waste to certain other countries, saying the state did not have the
authority to restrict exports.
Maine recently passed a similar law, though consumers pay $2 a piece to
recycle their products. A California law requires payment of a disposal fee
when a TV or computer monitor is purchased, while Maryland assesses
registration fees from computer makers and disburses the proceeds to
municipalities for use in collecting and recycling old computers.
Nineteen other states and New York City have electronic recycling bills
pending this year, said Suellen Mele, with Washington Citizens for Resource
"This is landmark legislation," said Mo McBroom, with the Washington
Environmental Council. "It's the biggest advancement in recycling in over a
Washington residents discard more than a million televisions and monitors
each year, according to the Ecology Department. Nationally, about 2 million
tons of e-junk are disposed each year, according to the U.S. Environmental
An average computer monitor contains 6 pounds of lead, which can seep into
waterways and poison the environment.
Manufacturers such as Philips, Panasonic and Sharp opposed the law, and sent
several letters to Gregoire urging her to veto it.
The companies argued that the law unfairly burdens them with financing the
entire system and puts them at a competitive disadvantage to foreign
producers that can be difficult to track down, and may not pay for their
share of recycling.
"This is a matter of survival for the companies," said Ric Erdheim, senior
council for Philips Electronics and spokesman for the Electronics
Manufacturers Coalition for Responsible Recycling. "Where are we going to
get the money to pay for all of this?"
In her signing letter, Gregoire said she is asking the Ecology Department
"to work closely with all affected stakeholders to ensure that this bill is
implemented in a fair and equitable manner."
A provision in the law makes it void if federal law establishes a national
electronic waste collection and recycling system that meets the scope and
intent of the state law.
Joe A. Hoffman
Waste Pesticide Program Coordinator
Washington State Dept. of Agriculture
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