The Pennsylvania House of Representatives approved a bill that requires computer and television manufacturers to establish and manage recycling services for those electronics sold in the state, reports York Daily Record. House Bill 708 also bans dumping these products in a landfill and requires retailers to notify customers about how to recycle these devices. The bill now heads to the Senate.
Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture) applauds the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the bill’s sponsors for passing the electronics recycling bill that will keep electronics out of landfills and provide free recycling, reports Earth Times.
Ned Eldridge, president and CEO of eLoop llc, a Pittsburgh-based recycler of electronic and universal waste and a pledged e-Stewards Recycler under the Basel Action Network, said in the article that these actions will ensure that toxins don’t end up in the ground and the outdated equipment will be properly recycled.
Twenty-two states have laws for electronic waste. Most recently, Connecticut approved a statewide electronics recycling program that is set to launch in the fall, and the New York State legislature passed a new electronics recycling law in June.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) also adopted a resolution for state and federal legislation that will shift the costs of managing product and packaging waste from taxpayers and local governments to producers and the consumers of their products