Texas Gov. Rick Perry has vetoed a bill that would have required television manufacturers to provide Texas residents with free recycling of the devices. According to an article by Green Right Now, “Perry acknowledged that the bill would make it easier for consumers to recycle old televisions but said ‘it does so at the expense of manufacturers, retailers and recyclers by imposing onerous new mandates, fees and regulations’ and would also “generate unfair results and stifle competition.”
“We were in complete shock given the wide statewide support for the bill. We even had secured the endorsement of the industry lobbying group [the Technology Association of American, formerly the American Electronics Association],” Jeff Jacoby of the Texas Campaign for the Environment (TCE) told Green Right Now.
• Read "The E-Waste Patchwork," Waste Age's recent article on state e-waste recycling laws.