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On Monday, Best Buy announced some significant and unfortunate changes to its electronics takeback and recycling program First, the retailer has instituted a steep fee of $25 for every TV or monitor collected for recycling.  Five states—Connecticut, Maine, Oregon, Vermont and Washington—have centralized” or convenience-based” programs requiring electronics makers to help pay for local drop-off centers. This patchwork of laws, coupled with a variety of registration and reporting requirements, makes compliance difficult for manufacturers, said Walter Alcorn, a vice president at the Consumer Electronics Association ( CEA ). States with recycling quotas can see unanticipated costs when a manufacturer meets its annual goal and stops paying for local programs. The United States municipal recycling rate is about 35 percent, according to EPA data.You can get your beverage container recycling refunds on a per-container basis instead of by weight. Initially, the CEA, which represents retailers and manufacturers, lobbied for laws requiring consumers to bear recycling costs, as they do in California. State laws that require manufacturers to pay for a set amount of e-cycling can backfire when annual recycling goals are met before the end of the year and manufacturers stop participating, said Resa Dimino, a senior adviser at the Product Stewardship Institute ( PSI ). When that happens, nonprofits and state and local governments are left to either pay for recycling efforts themselves or shut them down, she said. Through the recycling of aluminum, there is the avoidance of mining bauxite ore.Americans generate about 254 million tons of trash and recycle and compost about 87 million tons of this material, which adds up to a 34.3 percent national recycling rate.  PSI provides technical and policy support to states with e-cycling laws and Dimino said that modifying programs so producers are required to keep paying for recycling collection, even after they`ve met their quota, is one way states could maintain manufacturer financing. Access to recycling centers makes it easy for residents to recycle and, without quotas, the states don`t have to worry about suddenly losing manufacturers` funding. Washington and Oregon have some of the highest rates of e-cycling per capita in the country, but experts warn against state comparisons because the products designated for recycling vary from state to state.The Solid Waste Management Department is committed to helping maintain a healthy environment for Albuquerque`s current and future generations. As electronic devices become smaller and people hold on to them longer, there`s sometimes a different problem: it may be difficult for electronics companies to collect enough recycled materials to meet the state-imposed quotas, said Allison Schumacher, a policy manager with CEA. Schumacher said the reforms, which are in their first year, will give manufacturers the flexibility to meet state recycling requirements.William F. Shughart II`s recent Commentary, Recycling makes greenies go gaga, but it`s a real burden for the rest of us” is replete with unfounded assumptions, gross generalizations and false statements that are dangerously misleading.  She points to recent reforms of an e-cycling law in South Carolina to give antitrust protection to electronics makers so they can collaborate on financing strategies, selecting vendors and partnering with local governments. Manufacturers` ability to meet recycling quotas also might decline because there are fewer cathode ray tubes (CRTs) in the recycling stream. Heavy CRT devices helped manufacturers meet their recycling weight requirements, but at this point fewer of them are entering the waste stream. ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - A new e-cycling” event - will be held in mid-January to collect your unwanted electronics.
 
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When electronics are recycled they are either refurbished for resale or broken down to have their commodities, such as plastic and metal, sold by manufacturers or recycling companies. Programs in those states are supported by companies that host electronics buyback programs as well as nonprofit and local government initiatives, said Jason Linnell, director of the National Center for Electronics Recycling ( NCER ). Because electronics makers and third party recycling vendors come to Massachusetts to collect e-waste, the cost of recycling has actually come down in that state.In Massachusetts, where CRTs have been banned from landfills and trash incinerators since 2000, no statewide program exists and the burden of recycling falls to municipalities, said Brooke Nash, who manages recycling for the state`s environmental agency. Believe it or not there is a lot of value in those old circuit boards if you know how to extract it, and can gather electronics in large enough quantities.The event will be held in the parking lot of the Grand Home Furnishings Valley View Store on January 16. A portion of the proceeds generated by River Acceptance will be donated to Center in the Square. Sims is the global leader in the secure, sustainable and responsible recovery electronics and computers for reuse and recycling. Many people in Staten Island have shamefully taken to dumping their unwanted TVs and other electronics in parks and woodlands.Until this year, when a state law that requires many consumer electronics be recycled took effect, I could have left the TV on the curb for the New York City Depart of Sanitation (DSNY) to pick up. But now I am supposed to drop it off at one of the designated stores that serve as electronics recycling sites. The city also actually makes millions each year recycling its paper, and there is a growing market for recycled electronics and plastics.I have also asked Commissioner Garcia to determine the feasibility of a designated household e-waste pick up day, which, even if done once a year, would make recycling even easier. Last year, there was a nearly 45 percent spike in recycling fines—including a whopping 200 percent surge in my borough of Staten Island—but the recycling rate remained stubbornly unchanged. Many of these fines are for mixing paper and plastic in the same recycling bag—which, to me, seems counterproductive and counterintuitive. Our city is so ahead of the curve on so many things, but we seem to be stuck in a rut on recycling.

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