Maine tweaks e-cycling program to ease manufacturers' concerns

Oct 11, 2005 | 10:37 AM | Paul Schaffer

Maine officials have made some changes intended to reassure computer and television manufacturers as regulations governing electronics recycling move toward final approval.

Maine's approach is to make manufacturers share in the cost of processing defunct equipment. Costs will be allocated according to brands' proportion of discards.

One change is to insulate manufacturers from having to pay for transportation in the early stages of collection. While manufacturers must arrange for the availability of 40-foot trailers, the cost of moving the trailers among collection points won't be charged to the electronics companies. Only after the trailers are full will manufacturers be required to start paying shipping costs.....

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