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E-waste Recycling April 23, 2024 02:00:24 PM

Minnesota's Electronics Recycling Bill Pushed for Earth Day

Paul Ploumis
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To finance the program, a 3.2 percent retail levy would be added to the sale of most electronic devices. Cell phones would have a fixed 90-cent cost.

Minnesota's Electronics Recycling Bill Pushed for Earth Day

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): Minnesota's electronic recycling bill, which aims to make electronics recycling free for all Minnesotans, has reportedly hit a wall. Several lawmakers and industry associations oppose adding a new tax that might be imposed on consumers.

The program will be funded by a 3.2% retail fee for certain electronics. The bill currently being discussed at the state capitol would increase efforts to recycle electronics.

Despite hearings on it in the House, the Senate has not moved forward with the bill, as some disagree with the tax that would be imposed on consumers.

The electronic recycling bill updates Minnesota's outdated electronics waste law, which was passed in 2007, the year the first iPhone was introduced. The law primarily targets computers and televisions.

The law would make electronics recycling free for all Minnesotans and cover all electronic waste. To finance the program, a 3.2 percent retail levy would be added to the sale of most electronic devices. Cell phones would have a fixed 90-cent cost.

According to State Representative Athena Hollins, the bill's author, the current rates that most Minnesotans must pay to discard outdated computers or printers act as a potential disincentive to proper electronic recycling efforts.  

According to Hollins, the cost would be less than what most consumers already spend, which can reach $25 for a $100 printer, to recycle their electronics. She estimated that the retailer cost for the same printer would be roughly $3.

 Courtesy: www.techtimes.com

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