Pros, cons of Calif. e-cycling program hot topic

Sep 23, 2005 | 09:45 AM | Paul Schaffer

California, the only state with an electronics recycling program currently in place, received a general thumbs up from the first two speakers at a trade association forum in Rosemont, Ill., regarding how the nine-month-old program has functioned.

That was awkward for the sponsor of Thursday's forum, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI). ISRI opposes the California model, called an advance recycling fee. California levies a fee on buyers of new computers and televisions when they make their purchases to subsidize collectors and processors of those products when they are discarded.

ISRI's moderator, Eric Harris, stepped up to the plate to explain the group's objections to a California-style advance recovery fee. Harris is the group's director of governmental and international affairs.....

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