Washington passes e-scrap bill
Olympia, WA— The Washington
State legislature passed the Electronic Waste Recycling bill which
will provide all residents with free, safe and simple recycling
of computers and TVs.
The bill (SB 6428) passed by
wide margins in both houses: 38-11 in the Senate and 69-29 in
the House. The two prime sponsors of the bill are Senator Craig
Pridemore and Representative Brian Sullivan Everett.
This proposal was also one of
four “Priorities for a Healthy Washington”, the selected
top issues for the state’s environmental community. This
status was a key factor in the bill’s maintaining strong
At its core, this legislation
shares the responsibility for recycling. It is based on the concept
of product stewardship - that manufacturers have a responsibility
to finance the recycling of the products that they create. Because
manufacturers will finance the program as part of their costs
of doing business, the program will not result in additional taxes
or fees for consumers.
This approach, used by many countries
in Europe and Asia, provides manufacturers with a direct financial
incentive to decrease the costs associated with recycling, resulting
in greener design: easily recyclable products that use fewer toxics.
Consumers will have a responsibility
to bring unwanted computers and televisions to an approved drop-off
site or service, which may be run by local retailers, charities,
governments, haulers and others. Since there will be no fee for
dropping off these out-dated electronics, the rate of participation
will be as high as possible.