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December 1, 2005

Congress Considers E-waste proposals

Congress is evaluating competing proposals that would set standards for recycling of electronic equipment.  Currently, some states have their own program.  See Washington State's program here.  The high lead, mercury, and other heavy metal content of consumer electronics makes these items problematic for landfills.  At the same time, industry would like to see consistency across state borders.

The two proposals that are gaining the most traction are an upfront tax that would pay for the later recycling, and a program where consumers would take discarded items back to the manufacturer.  HP is supporting the latter as they believe it would keep costs low.  Although HP statements did not go into detail, it's likely that they would prefer consumer prices to stay steady than be rocked by a price increase, even if it is in taxes.

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