SOURCE: Electronic Industries Alliance

June 13, 2007 12:57 ET

As E-cycling Laws Proliferate, EIA Urges a Federal Approach

State Laws on Pace to Double 2006 Total; More on the Way

ARLINGTON, VA--(Marketwire - June 13, 2007) - A patchwork of electronics recycling laws is emerging from state capitals across the country, presenting manufacturers with a major challenge and Congress with a golden opportunity, the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA) said today.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell are soon expected to sign new electronics recycling laws for their respective states. Manufacturers will then face eight unique sets of requirements -- twice as many as there were a year ago. A number of other states and New York City are considering laws of their own.

"This is an issue crying out for a national solution," said EIA interim President and CEO Matt Flanigan. "These laws vary dramatically from state to state, picking winners and losers among electronics manufacturers and retailers. If fifty legislatures rewrite business models state by state, consumers could see higher costs and fewer choices -- all without any commensurate environmental benefit.

"Congress can do right by the environment, consumers and the electronics industry by adopting a national recycling plan," Flanigan added. "We'll continue to work with Senator Ron Wyden, Representatives Mike Thompson, Mary Bono, Louise Slaughter, Zach Wamp, Albert Wynn and others to do everything possible to make that happen."

Recently EIA released a consensus framework that paves the way for federal legislation to establish a national recycling program for household TVs and information technology (IT) products such as computers and computer monitors. The proposal, available at www.eia.org, represents the first consensus agreement among IT and TV manufacturers on meeting the nation's electronics recycling challenge.

EIA, headquartered in Arlington, Va., comprises nearly 1,300 member companies whose products and services range from the smallest electronic components to the most complex systems used by defense, space and industry, including the full range of consumer electronic products. EIA has established an electronics recycling website, www.ecyclingcentral.com, that provides reuse, recycling and donation options for consumers across the United States. The Alliance is composed of four sector organizations: the Electronic Components, Assemblies and Materials Association; the Government Electronics and Information Technology Association; the JEDEC Solid State Technology Association; and the Telecommunications Industry Association.

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