Toxics and Solid Waste:
Our Position: support
Bill Number: S1030
Sponsor: Senator Janet Cowell (D-Wake)
Legislative Session: 2006
Solid waste is a growing challenge for North Carolina, and electronics compose one of our fastest growing waste streams. Yet the recycling rate for electronics is low.
The hurdle our state faces in trying to increase the electronics recycling rate is a lack of funding for local programs. Only a handful of counties have been able to establish permanent electronics recycling programs the NC Sierra Club is trying to change that.
Much like the white goods (refrigerators, etc) and tires recycling programs already in place, a $4 advanced recycling fee would be collected when a tv, laptop, computer/ monitor or printer is purchased. This money will go back to the counties to fund electronics recycling programs in local communities throughout our state.
This bill will help citizens throughout our state have a convenient place to take electronics at the end of the products life. This bill will also boost NCs booming recycling industry, growing jobs and our economy.
While the bill did not pass this session, we did make considerable progress for the first time in the five years that this bill has been introduced, the bill received a terrific committee hearing. We will continue to work towards a meaningful electronics recycling program in North Carolina and will work on this bill again in 2007. Continue to contact your legislators throughout the interim to let them know you support electronics recycling.
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Dear Senator ,
Electronics represent one of the fastest growing waste streams in North Carolina, yet our state has not taken action to address this. Throwing these devices into our already-crowded landfills is not a solution, not to mention the public health risk this poses because of the heavy toxic metals found within these machines.
We need the NC General Assembly to act now to pass Electronics Recycling legislation.
This legislation will provide convenient places for citizens like me to take our old electronics to be recycled in a responsible way.
In addition, it will give a boost to our local recycling industry, helping our economy and adding jobs.
Thanks in advance for your support.
Elizabeth Self, Director of Government Relations: email@example.com.