There are few things I am more manic about than recycling. In fact, I have been known to go through my friends’ broom closets and sort their trash into managable, recyclable bits. That’s why I am thrilled to hear that state legislators like Reed Gusciora are attempting to enhance the states preexisting programs to recycle a wider range of stuff.
The crux of the plan is to include household appliances into the mix of recyclables along with the usual stuff like cans, bottles, cardboard and mulchable kitchen scraps.
Said Assemblyman Gusciora (D-Mercer), “Many people don’t realize their televisions, computers and even their cell phones are veritable compendiums of the periodic table.”
The EPA considers electronic waste the fastest-growing piece of the nation’s trash stream. Specifically, it defines electronic waste as televisions and computer monitors, computers, audio equipment, VCRs and DVD players, video cameras, telephones, cellular phones, fax and copy machines, and video-game consoles.
Naturally the electronics industry is crying foul claiming that taking initiative puts them at a “competitive disadvantage.” Or so says David Thompson, Panasonic’s corporate environmental director.
(read about the recycling plans after the flip)