Wal-Mart will ask electronics producers to rate their products on a variety of different fronts, including energy efficiency, end-of-life solutions, size of the packaging and the amount of hazardous substances contained in the product. The scorecards will be made available to consumers. Ross Farnsworth, divisional merchandise manager of home electronics at Wal-Mart, was quoted in the Waste Business Journal as speaking of the impact such a scorecard system could have on promoting the use of less toxic substances in electronics:
"Many electronics contain hazardous materials and are disposed of improperly. The scorecard issues a better score to those suppliers who build products with fewer hazardous materials and offer electronics recycling opportunities to customers."
The scorecard system will be implemented in 2008.
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