24 States Now Ban Tossing Electronics

Those old TVs and computers have to be recycled instead
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 4, 2011 3:04 PM CST
24 States Now Ban Tossing Electronics
In this July 12, 2010 photo, computer monitors are shown on display at Office Depot in Mountain View, Calif.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

(Newser) – Nearly half the states in the US now have laws requiring that most electronic equipment be recycled instead of dumped in the trash, the AP reports. Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina are the most recent states to ban simply tossing out old TVs, computers, video game consoles, stereo equipment, etc.

Many of those states demand that manufacturers pay for recycling programs, and the manufacturers are striking deals with retailers to make the process easier. Sometimes, it's no more difficult than a drop-off at a chain store like Best Buy. "Everyone should just get used to finding a way to recycle," an advocate tells the Carmi Times in Illinois, where a similar new law takes effect next year.
(Read more recycling stories.)

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