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Posted May 2nd, 2011

EIA Urges a Federal Electronics Recycling Law

The Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA) is fervently promoting a national electronics recycling plan. This plan would prompt Congress to create a uniform federal law for all 50 states.

EIA Interim President and CEO Matt Flanigan comments, “This is an issue crying out for a national solution. These laws vary dramatically from state to state, picking winners and losers among electronics manufacturers and retailers. If fifty legislatures rewrite business models state by state, consumers could see higher costs and fewer choices – all without any commensurate environmental benefit. Congress can do right by the environment, consumers and the electronics industry by adopting a national recycling plan.”

The EIA is trying to find one solution for all instead of a “patchwork of electronics recycling laws”. States are seeing the reason for this push because there are twice as many state electronic recycling laws as there were a year ago. This rise in electronics recycling laws is being met by even more states that are considering changing their own standards for recycling.

This plan would include many of the services that Securis already offers such as computer recycling and processing other electronic equipment. This electronic equipment includes end-of-life computers, monitors, printers, televisions, etc. The majority of the recycling would probably be conducted by third parties. Ideally, the manufacturers would not be able to sell their IT products unless they have a recovery plan. The recovery plan must offer to collect and recover the IT equipment at no additional charge to the consumer other than a nominal fee at the time of purchase.

The overall goal of this national legislative initiative is to make sure that all recycling service providers have sound management practices. These actions and improvements are in hopes that a program will be set in place to collect and recycle products in a manner that is “convenient for household consumers” and at no cost to them.

For more information, please refer to the EIA’s official website.

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