Getting rid of electronic waste for free
Mark Rea, president of Advanced Recovery, said the company keeps track of the amount of products it collects from the various manufacturers, and periodically reports the amount to them, which allows the companies to comply with the New York law.
New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts already have similar laws, and in all probability all states will eventually adopt similar laws.
Rea cautioned, however, that there are still some items, specifically fluorescent tubes and batteries, that the company still takes for a fee.
All of this comes as the industry strives to push recycling even further. The Consumer Electronics Association on April 15 announced the first-ever industry-wide electronics recycling initiative to attempt to recycle one billion pounds of electronics annually by 2016, which would be a more than threefold increase over 2010.