Two more coalitions sharing one thing in common

Nov 01, 2008 | 06:13 AM |

With the exception of California, the states enacting mandatory recycling of computer monitors and televisions have chosen to make manufacturers pay the bills. But the details vary substantially—Washington state is not Oregon is not Maine. Several electronics manufacturers have launched nationwide recycling programs for their own branded goods. The result has been a patchwork.

An interesting alliance surfaced briefly during the Democratic National Convention in late August. A Denver press conference saluted South Korea's LG Electronics Inc. for starting a U.S. recycling program under which the receiving and processing will be handled mostly by the Recycle America unit of Houston-based Waste Management Inc.

Cooperating in the Denver briefing were retailer Best Buy Co. Inc., the Electronics TakeBack Coalition and the Product Stewardship Institute. The participants described themselves as having agreed on a framework for federal e-scrap legislation and "establishment of a sustainable recycling infrastructure at the federal, state and local level."....

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