SEPTEMBER 2009

NYC electronics recycling program sees opposition

New York City’s electronics recycling law was challenged by two electronics manufacturing trade associations. The Consumer Electronics Association and Information Technology Industry Council filed a lawsuit in opposition of the recently-approved program.

The lawsuit seeks to prevent the city from implementing its new law, which requires electronics manufacturers to develop convenient plans for the collection and recycling of discarded electronic waste, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.

According to the EPA, at least 40 percent of the lead in landfills comes from discarded electronics. The new law directs manufacturers to implement a convenient system for New York City residents to return their used electronics that would otherwise be landfilled or incinerated to the companies for safe disposal.