Nationwide Deal on Electronic Waste in Trouble

Tsunami of trash forecast for near future

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10 March 2004--A broad coalition attempting to write a national law to stem the rising tide of electronics waste in the United States has foundered. At its final scheduled meeting, last month in Portland, Ore., the group failed to reach agreement on the mechanism to finance take back and recycling. Even electronics manufacturers, who would be most directly affected by any financing requirements, could not agree among themselves.

All is not lost, claim the industry members of the coalition. On 26 February, they vowed to meet again and come up with a financing system that they could all live with. But environmentalist members of the defunct commission are skeptical that the group will come up with a solution, let alone one that is in the interest of consumers and the environment. If no agreement is reached, individual states will likely step in with their own laws, potentially leaving the country with a hodgepodge of recycling rules.

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