The Texas state legislature has passed a bill that will require television manufacturers who sell TVs in the state to offer free recycling programs to consumers. Governor Rick Perry signed the bill into law last week.
TVs both old and new, like other electronic waste, can leach heavy metals and other toxic materials into the ground when not disposed of properly, but this new law will make sure manufacturers have a better plan for them at the end of their lifecycle, and possibly even start making them with safer materials.
Advocates of the new recycling requirement at TexasTakeBack.org say "by making the producer responsible for their end of life products, there is a market-based incentive to start designing for reuse, recycling and with safer materials.”
The Consumer Electronics Association also backed the bill.
written by First Flush Connections, June 22, 2011
written by Robert Halvarsson, June 24, 2011
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