Although Wisconsin, one of five states who have proposed a new electronics recycling policy, have recycling programs in place for electronics, the state threw out 1 million computers in the span of the past three years. The Associated Press reports that Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin have proposed policy to ban computers, laptops and TVs from landfills.
MILWAUKEE - As technology advances at lightning speed, waste management officials in Wisconsin have joined with four other states to create a proposal that would lead to banning computers and televisions from landfills.
Wisconsin already considers business computers hazardous waste and requires them to be recycled. Under the proposed policy, manufacturers would have to collect and recycle home computers and television sets.
The policy grew out of meetings of waste management officials from five states - Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The policy would need approval from state legislatures.
Californians Against Waste is pursuing legislation to mitigate the growing e-waste problem in California. AB 2202 (Saldaña) would require producers of virtually all electronic devices to decrease the levels of mercury, lead and hexavalent chromium.
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