E-cycling hearing in House draws a lot of static

Sep 13, 2005 | 01:35 PM | Paul Schaffer

When a Congressional subcommittee summoned witnesses on electronics recycling last week, one of the overlapping debates was on whether to charge buyers of new equipment for the costs of processing the discards.

That's the system California launched at the start of this year.

That arrangement is working quite well, according to Mark Murray of Californians Against Waste, an advocacy group. No, it's wasteful, cumbersome and allows Web-based sellers to evade payments, said Michael Vitelli of the Consumer Electronics Retailers Coalition.

A parallel debate, more theoretical, pitted the Manufacturers Coalition for Responsible Recycling (MCRR), a television and audio equipment producers group that favors a retail fee, against computer maker Hewlett-Packard Co.....

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