Mandating recycling

Businesses with garbage containers “contaminated” with more than 10 recyclables are issued warnings and eventually fines if they don’t comply.

Household garbage cans with recyclables in them are simply not collected until the recyclables are removed to the recycling bin.

Which states have passed laws keeping e-waste out of landfills and/or incinerators?

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So far, 25 states have passed legislation mandating statewide e-waste recycling. Scope of Products in E-waste Laws This chart compares the scope of products of all e-waste laws.

Several more states are working on passing new laws or improving existing laws. Generally, the scope of products is getting broader, with more recent laws including more products including printers, faxes, and other devices. This chart shows collection volumes from the states with e-waste programs.

Mandatory recycling is a hard sell in the United States, where the economy runs largely along free market lines and landfilling waste remains inexpensive and efficient.

When the research firm Franklin Associates examined the issue a decade ago, it found that the value of the materials recovered from curbside recycling was far less than the extra costs of collection, transportation, sorting and processing incurred by municipalities.

The new deal and new facility have made recycling much more efficient for the city and its residents, proving once and for all that responsibly run recycling programs can actually save money, landfill space and the environment.Even though California passed an ARF bill for e-waste, in Sept 2007 the State Agency adopted a resolution calling for an extended producer responsibility (EPR) approach and framework for future state policy. The roll-out of mandatory statewide recycling July 1 has raised questions about whether individuals can be prosecuted for throwing recyclables into trash receptacles.They’ve also found larger, more lucrative markets for the recyclables, such as developing countries eager to reuse our cast-off items. cities are diverting upwards of 30 percent of their solid waste streams to recycling.Increased efforts by green groups to educate the public about the benefits of recycling have also helped. While recycling remains an option for most Americans, a few cities, such as Pittsburgh, San Diego and Seattle, have made recycling mandatory.

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