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[GreenYes] Re: NPR - what happens to old electroncis in the 3rd world

One of the most notable successes of our Canadian EPR policy, made possible because of the efforts of public watchdog groups like Basel Action Network, is the Vendor Qualifications established by the Canadian IT producers, which enshrine a no-export, no-prison labour standard on all companies seeking to recycle products collected through the major OEMs' take-back program.

The government did not have to specify this policy in legislation ~ as was attempted by WA in 2006, but struck out by the Governor for fear of overstepping state jurisdiction. Rather, the producers themselves felt compelled by public opinion to set and achieve the high standard.

This initiative of the producers is supported with a provision in BC's recycling regulation that requires regular reporting by producers, to ensure that they continue to meet their own high standards.


At 06:26 AM 1/31/2008, Reindl, John wrote:

For your information, on Public Radio today; the time is Central

3:00 PM  Here On Earth: Radio Without Borders - 01/31K
What happens to cast-off computers and cell phones? After three, on
Here on Earth: Radio Without Borders, Jean Feraca and her guest
examine the environmental and health impact of discarded electronics
in the third world.Guest: Chris Carroll, author, "High-Tech Trash"
(January National Geographic).

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