The North American Retail Dealers Association (NARDA) issued a statement on Monday addressing two policy initiatives it has been monitoring: eWaste and the digital television transition. The group asserted that it is continuing efforts to find a national solution to the problem of collecting fees to finance the recycling of consumer electronics. Over half of all U.S. states have introduced bills that would mandate CE retailers to collect Advanced Recycling Fees at the point-of-sale. As an alternative, NARDA seeks “a ‘national solution’ that will be easy to administer without adding extra administrative burdens” to retailers.
The group also addressed the impending turnover of television signals from analog to digital on February 17, 2009. NARDA continues to debate the most efficient plan for Federal subsidizing of the set-top boxes that would convert signals for eligible homes. In the statement, the group expressed concern that the current guidelines could work to the detriment of CE retailers, claiming, “The program could impose significant short term costs on retailers for a product that appears to have a limited lifespan. Retailers who participate would be subject to certification and audit and, as presently proposed, the program would not reimburse them for the sunk and daily costs of participation.”
NARDA is working with the Consumer Electronics Retailers Coalition (CERC) on these issues. To contact NARDA, call 1-800-621-0298. You can visit CERC at www.ceretailers.org
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