Paying for E-Waste- The Growing Concern of Electronics Recyclin
CERC also suggests that while retailers should be open to supporting recycling programs, the onus of payment should be on the manufacturer. In its published position on national recycling, the group states that a producer responsibility model will be successful, in part, when laws "establish manufacturers' financial responsibility based on the products that consumers return to the system—not fees at the point-of-sale or other financial models that do not reflect the true costs and realities of the return system."
Meanwhile, CEA, which has just established a new environmental policy committee, believes recycling is the entire industry's responsibility. While its official position has not yet been released, Jeff Joseph, spokesperson for CEA, says, "Our belief is that there should be shared costs. The ARF proposal, in the manufacturer's mind, is the way to allow flexibility into the system, so municipalities can determine where and how the products are picked up and deposited."
Despite a potential disagreement on how to finance an e-waste recycling system, both organizations see a need for recycling programs and both see it best implemented at a federal level. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved federal laws, claims Pearl, would create a fair playing field and be easier for both manufacturers and retailers to implement.