FULL OF SCRAP It’s time for Epeat to swing the e-bat

Aug 01, 2007 | 01:48 PM |

The custodian of the e-cycling ratings regimen must deal with two challenges in its second year rigor and scope

Paul Schaffer
Paul Schaffer
If voluntary electronics recycling ever catches up with technology equipment as a pervasive feature in the United States, some of the credit will go to the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (Epeat).

Epeat's role is to keep score on how successful manufacturers are at reducing or eliminating hazardous substances, at making recycling easy and at saving energy. President Bush issued an executive order earlier this year discouraging federal agencies from buying unrated computer equipment within Epeat's scope desktop, notebook, monitor or integrated unit.

Epeat's frequently expanded ratings list reached its first anniversary July 19 with around 600 models on its roster. But there's no time to celebrate. The custodian of the project, Green Electronics Council, Portland, Ore., must deal with two challenges in its second year rigor and scope.....





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