These are simply high tech variations on the 19th century approach to unwanted items-burn them. Instead we're moving in a direction that can boost economic development in our cities and towns.
We particularly applaud the Governor for throwing his support behind legislation for Producer Responsibility for electronic waste. In the past waste reduction was considered solely the consumer's responsibility, and a local government burden. Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is a new approach to reduce, reuse, and recycle that shifts the financial cost of managing discarded products and packaging from the cities and towns to the brand owners who design and market the products.
EPR will provide needed relief to municipal budgets-taking the burden of garbage disposal off of taxpayer funds. In addition, by providing industry with a financial incentive to redesign their products for reuse and recycling, EPR encourages business innovation to make less toxic and wasteful products.
Lee Ketelsen, Clean Water Action New England Co-Director, has been active in solid waste policy issues since 1985, working with citizens around the state to give input, including participating in the legislative process to pass the Solid Waste Act of 1987 that mandated the Solid Waste Master Plan process, participating in the first Master Plan and moratorium on increased incineration capacity. She is a founding member of ONE Massachusetts.
Clean Water Action is the nation's leading grassroots environmental campaign organization, with more than 1 million members nationwide. For over thirty years, Clean Water Action has been a leader in protecting America's waters, the public health and empowering people to take charge of their environmental future. http://www.cleanwateraction.org/