New York City council overrides e-waste bill veto by mayor
New York City council, in May, overrode Mayor Michael
Bloomberg’s veto of a bill that mandated performance standards on manufacturers
for electronic scrap recovery.
At issue is legislation that would require electronics manufacturers
to recycle a set amount of their New York City waste or face fines. If
the law takes effect, starting in 2012 the manufacturers would have to
recycle 25% of their products sold in the city or pay $50,000 for every
percentage point they miss the target.
Previously, the mayor vetoed the council’s bill and signed a separate
piece of legislation enacting portions of the council’s electronics recycling
program, though the law stops short of imposing fines.