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[GreenYes] Support Needed to Address Emerging CA E-waste Crisis

Date: Wed, 1 Feb 2006 14:42:47 -0500 (EST)
From: Californians Against Waste Foundation <CAW@no.address>


Support needed for CAW legislation
to address latest emerging E-waste crisis

Dear Friends:
Starting on February 8 -- just a week from now -- Californians will be prohibited from disposing most consumer electronic products (computers, cell phones, all household batteries, fluorescent lamps, mercury thermostats, printers, VCRs, telephones, answering machines, radios, and microwaves) in their trash.

In just the last several years, experts and state regulators have recognized that most common consumer electronic devices contain toxic levels of heavy metals and other hazardous materials (lead, mercury, cadmium) which pose a threat to public health and the environment.

While the disposal ban is a necessary first step, to date, manufactures and policy makers--with a few exceptions--have failed to undertake the steps needed to educate consumers about this new problem, or to help develop opportunities and incentives for recycling.

Californians Against Waste is working with some members or the Legislature and other stakeholders on a package of common sense, people-friendly policies to address this emerging crisis. But we need your help. Our goal is to push manufacturers to phase out the use of toxic materials in their devices, while making the opportunity to do the right thing and recycle as simple and conconvenient as recycling a bottle or can.

It simply isn't fair to impose new regulations on Californians without giving them an easy, understandable way of complying with them. The Legislature needs to hear from you today that you support the package of E-Waste bills that they'll soon be voting on.

Please click <>here to help us convince the Legislature to implement this package of bills.

Thank you.

Mark Murray
Executive Director

P.S. The Legislature must develop new policies to make sure Californians can comply with the new e-waste regulations. <>Please go here to help CAW protect the environment and our children's health.

Excerpts from Letter drafted for you to send at the above website:
The California Legislature must again take the lead in adopting policies for establishing a 'free and convenient' recycling system for all toxic electronics. Californians Against Waste is preparing a package of legislation to address this emerging crisis. Among the bills are measures to:

? Expand California?s E-waste Recovery law (SB 20 Sher-2003) to include toxic computers (CPU?s) and other 'bulky' hazardous electronics.
? Require manufacturers to phase out the use of hazardous materials in all consumer electronics.
? Expand California?s Existing Cellphone and Rechargeable Battery Take-back Requirements to include other toxic portable electronic devices.
? Establish a Consumer Refund Value system for one-time use toxic electronics such as household (Alkaline) batteries.
? Establish a Differential ADF on Fluorescent Lamps to encourage Mercury Reduction and Increased Recycling.
? Establish and Fund a statewide public Education Campaign.

As a constituent I urge you to vote "YES" on these bills as they come before you. Thank you in advance for your assistance on this crucial issue.

Gary Liss & Associates
Fax: 916-652-0485

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