The City of New York is being sued
by the electronics industry. Samara
Freemark reports it’s over recycling
electronic waste, such as cell phones
The city of New York is being sued by the electronics industry. Samara Freemark reports it’s over recycling electronic waste such as cell phones and computers:
Electronic waste contains all sorts of hazardous chemicals, but safely recycling it is expensive.
So 19 states have passed ‘take back’ laws that require manufacturers to take back old electronics and pay to recycle them.
Now manufacturers are challenging these laws. Two industry groups have sued New York City. They want the city’s take back law overturned.
Kate Sinding is a lawyer with the Natural Resources Defense Council. That group has joined New York in the suit. She says a decision in the case could have consequences beyond electronics take backs.
“There are a lot of deeper questions that are raised by the lawsuit, including issues of corporate responsibility. If somebody’s going to produce something that has toxic components, what is their ongoing responsibility to deal with that, even after it’s sold into the market?”
The court will decide that next year.
For The Environment Report, I’m Samara Freemark.