The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), citing the results of a study released by the National Electronics Recycling Information Clearinghouse (NERIC), is calling for a formalized, nationwide approach to the recycling of electronics. Entitled "A Study of the State-by-State E-Waste Patchwork," the report identifies a projected $25 million in recurring annual costs or a total of $224 million that will be spent by consumers, state governments and industry in next eight years – an expenditure, the report postulates, that could be avoided if national standards were in place.
"This study clearly illustrates the need for a national solution to electronics recycling as an alternative to state-by-state mandates,” said Parker Brugge, CEA senior director and environmental counsel, in a press release. “The projected $224 million to be spent through 2012 should be used to recycle hundreds of millions of pounds of electronics, not squandered on state-level non-recycling costs, such as policing out-of-state electronics, engaging in dozens of state legislative and study initiatives, complying with multiple and divergent state requirements, and administering duplicative state programs. We look forward to working with Congress and other interested parties toward our goal of a national solution for e-cycling."