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