August 2, 2005
U.S. Crafting e-Waste Bill
According to this article, A 2003 EPA report estimates that roughly 50 million computers and 20 million televisions are disposed of each year, but that only 10 percent are recycled. That's a big deal, considering that consumer electronics often contain heavy metals such as lead and mercury, not to mention all of the plastic and other materials, which could be recycled or properly disposed of. The bill will rely "on incentives, rather than up-front fees or end-of-life penalties, to deal with electronic waste."
This is, supposedly, a "bi-partisan effort." I hope this actually works out, because it's a very serious issue that many have absolutely no idea about. We toss our old TVs and computers with nary a thought as to the environmental consequences, and it's high time we started thinking about that.
Posted by George at August 2, 2005 5:50 AM Category: Alternatives