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Thankfully, we've seen a rush of states adding new e-waste regulations and laws to their books, most recently with New York and hot on the heals of that news comes word that Connecticut will be the 24th US state to put enact an electronics recycling law, starting this fall. Gadget manufacturers will have to take note -- Connecticut will require manufacturers to front the cost of transport and recycling of the equipment. As it becomes more expensive for manufacturers to see their devices through to end of life, will this lead to products that have a longer life span or are easier to recycle?The Hartford Courant reports, "The requirement for payment by manufacturers injects an important element of "producer responsibility," Gov. M. Jodi Rell said in a statement, adding, 'Connecticut is well on its way to implementing an innovative system for consumers to responsibly recycle electronic devices that is comprehensive, convenient and free.'"
The new law, however, is only for consumer and household gadgets. It doesn't include e-waste from government, business or commercial entities because they're subject to federal and state hazardous waste disposal regulations.
According to the Environmental Leader, "The regulations establish collection points throughout the state, which will help recycle potentially hazardous materials such as mercury and leaded glass. Consumers will be able to recycle old televisions, computers, printers, and monitors among other devices. The state has been considering the program since 2007."
Do you live in a state with e-waste laws? You can check out a map of which states have what type of regulations on the Electronics Take-Back Coalition's website.
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