Aug 11 - E-Waste Recycling On The Rise

With new laws in effect in CA that make it illegal to throw away hazardous materials, including batteries, fluorescent light bulbs and cell phones, and the European Union's RoHS Directive, e-waste recycling is on the rise. Red Herring magazine reports that Fresno-based Electronics Recyclers recycled 2.3 million pounds of electronics in July and that overall, the e-recycling market will rise worldwide.

E-waste companies say business is booming after California and European Union laws went into effect earlier this year.

Electronic Recyclers, an electronic recycling firm in Fresno, California, said Thursday that it became the first in the United States to surpass $1 million of electronic waste in one month.

ReCellular, a cell phone recycling company based in Dexter, Michigan, said the same day that it recycled nearly 50 percent more phones in California in July, compared with June, after a state law requiring cell phones to be recycled went into effect.

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CAW continues to work on the increase e-waste recycling, with the recent implmentation of new cell phone and rechargeable battery laws last month and CAW sponsored bill, AB 2202 (Saldaña), which would phase out the use of hazardous materials in virtually all consumer electronics!

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