Earlier this week, lawmakers approved a bill that would revamp the State of New Jersey’s current e-waste recycling program, which is designed to safely dispose of old TVS, computers and other electronics. The new bill will allow the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to establish a statewide standard to collect, transport and recycle e-waste.
The e-waste recycling program, which requires electronic manufacturers to cover the cost of recycling e-waste, first began in 2010. Since then, the e-waste market has declined and many manufacturers have stopped fronting the cost to recycle the e-waste, leaving counties and towns with additional costs and nowhere to recycle the e-waste.
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With electronic waste piling up around the state, lawmakers gave final approval yesterday to a bill that would overhaul a recycling program designed to safely dispose of old TVs, computers, and other equipment.
By a 60-12 vote, the legislation (S-981) advanced to the governor’s desk, where it faces an uncertain future. A similar bill was pocket vetoed by Gov. Chris Christie earlier this year at the end of the lame-duck legislative session.
By many accounts, the state’s e-waste recycling program is broken. Under a law passed in 2010, manufacturers of electronic equipment were supposed to cover the cost of recycling the waste, a system that has fallen apart in recent years.