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U.S. electronics waste management agreement

On March 20, 2002, the U.S. National Electronic Product Stewardship Initiative (NEPSI) announced an agreement to wo...


On March 20, 2002, the U.S. National Electronic Product Stewardship Initiative (NEPSI) announced an agreement to work toward front-end financing for electronic waste collection and recycling — a significant move toward state-level public policy for producer responsibility. However, the Computer TakeBack Campaign criticizes that there are still several important unresolved issues.

According to David Wood, program director of the GrassRoots Recycling Network (and a founding member of the TakeBack Campaign), the agreement does not ensure the implementation of a financing system and says nothing about the dozens of issues related to the structure and performance criteria of the collection system.

The campaign, a new national grassroots effort promoting producer responsibility in the consumer electronics and personal computer industries, is not formally represented in the NEPSI process, though two of the Campaign’s founders are NEPSI participants. The Campaign’s "Take It Back Platform," developed last year, includes elements that have not yet factored into the NEPSI dialogue, including product re-design and phase-out of hazardous substances, environmentally superior collection and product recycling standards, and bans on export of hazardous waste and use of prison labor.

The platform may be accessed on-line at http://www.grrn.org/e-scrap/e-scrap_platform.html.

Contact David Wood at 608-270-0940


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