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Re: [GreenYes] California E-Waste Bill Fails Producer Responsibility Test
When we were waiting for EPR on HHW to be implemented in British Columbia, I was working on the toll-free Recycling Hotline. We worked with local governments to give residents the message:

"Hold on to your products until Industry-funded programs are in place"

This was a tough message for people who were in town for three days cleaning out their deceased grandfather's shed. Some stuff went to private recyclers - for a fee. Some stuff went in the trash (as usual). But some stuff stayed in people's garages, where it had been for a long time.

Meanwhile, the message got out to residents: the producers SHOULD be providing this service. We encouraged residents to support Industry Responsibility in letters to their local governments. Local governments passed resolutions at their annual conventions and sent their own letters to the provincial government.

Today we have producer-funded and operated programs for HHW -- because we refused to let our local governments provide welfare for waste. Once you let consumers use the public system for e-waste it will be all the harder to shift them to a producer system when the time comes -- which it may not, for a long time, because by relieving the pressure (enabling / co-addict behaviour!) well-intentioned local governments reduce the political pressure for change!


Helen.



At 08:29 AM 09/26/2003 -0700, Sharon_Gates@no.address wrote:
While I'd be the last to argue that SB 20 is even close to ideal, from my
perspective in budget-strapped local government, SB 20 is a big step in
the right direction.  My city (of 425,000) is faced with an unknowable
quantity of e-waste, which has to be dealt with in a responsible,
environmentally sound manner.  This while we are curtailing City services
due to budget constraints.  At least SB 20 will start generating funds to
pay for some of the cleanup, and get some of the burden off the municipal
tax- and rate-payers.  Last year we couldn't even get the governor to sign
a bill like SB 20; maybe next year the legislature will take another step
toward true producer responsibility.  In the meantime, I've got a couple
of hundred thousand residents with TVs to get rid of.

Sharon Gates
Recycling Specialist
City of Long Beach, California
562/570-4694


 


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