Why Are Electronics Manufacturers Dodging their Responsibility?
NBC News has recently run a very revealing piece with regard to electronics waste that answers the question. First, put this in perspective…The manufacturers made their profit on CRT’s years ago…now they are being asked to pay for the proper disposal of these old units…and they don’t want to.
So, in some states, like NY and NJ; among others…they are required to take responsibility for these units…and yes, I have written on this before…
The manufacturers’ response? Say that they are doing the right thing…start a recycling consortium that dominates the market…then lower the price paid to level that is so low that all recyclers who are not a pert of their system are driven to bankruptcy…and then shift the program costs to municipal and county governments through hidden fees or fees that are just outside of the law.
The result is clear. Increased illegal dumping of toxic materials. Reduced recycling and manufacturers of electronics lying and saying that they are doing the right thing…
WE in NJ have another opportunity to correct this problem…however, at first blush it appears that the Governor’s office is listening to the lies and watering down what was a good bill…and keeping the cost on the taxpayers where it does not belong.
Read the full article:
Old TVs Create Toxic Problem for Recycling Programs Across America