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Manufacturers Would Pay for E-waste Recycling in Connecticut

Despite vigorous challenges from electronics manufacturers over similar program in other states, Connecticut has proposed that manufacturers pay for e-waste recycling.

Under the program, which started gaining steam in January, makers of electronics would pay for state-approved haulers to pick up and recycle obsolete electronic goods, reports the Courant.

Connecticut first passed an e-waste law in 2007, and the state has spent the past two years devising the program rules.

Electronics firms have fought tooth-and-nail over similar programs.

For instance, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) filed a legal challenge against a new law in New York City, mandating that manufacturers provide free, door-to-door electronics collection to city residents.

The industry groups said the regulation would force hundreds of additional trucks onto city streets, increasing traffic congestion, air and noise pollution, and carbon emissions.

In Washington state, similar criticisms have been raised.

Separate from any state regulations, companies such as Best Buy, Dell, Lenovo, National Instruments, Office Depot, Sharp and Toshiba offer e-waste recycling programs.

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