Massachusetts e-scrap bill moves closer to passage
By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling
In Massachusetts, a joint legislative committee has passed a bill that would make electronics manufacturers responsible for collecting and recycling their used products.
Last week, a panel of lawmakers approved a measure that would place Massachusetts alongside the two dozen states that have laws to manage and recycle unwanted electronics.
During a hearing on Senate Bill 386, which immediately preceded a vote on it, Phillip Sego, acting chair of legislative action at the Massachusetts Sierra Club, told lawmakers that, although collection events for used electronics are routinely held in the state, many residents still opt to put their unwanted devices in the trash. Sego also said that an e-scrap law would create jobs.
However, David Thompson, director of the corporate environmental program at Panasonic Corp., said that his company has a difficult time with the patchwork of regulations from states and that regulatory burdens hinder growth and competitiveness. He instead recommended that companies and policymakers collaborate on finding ways to recycle more electronics without burdening business.
Panasonic is a member of the Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Management Company (MRM), alongside Mitsubishi Electric, Sanyo, Sharp, Toshiba and Vizio.