DISPOSING ELECTRONICS WV Senate Committee Votes To Allow Electronics In Landfills
Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Mar. 19, 2013 4:23 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 19, 2013 4:33 PM EDT
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, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
A West Virginia Senate committee has voted to lift a ban on disposing of electronic devices in landfills.
The bill advanced Tuesday would reverse part of a 2010 law that implemented a litter control program in the state. Since that law passed, it has been illegal to throw any electronics with screens larger than 4 inches into a landfill.
The 2010 law set up a recycling program for those devices, which include TV and computer monitors, tablets and many smart phones.
A representative of West Virginia trash haulers and recyclers said that the recycling program has been unsuccessful and too expensive.
Almost all electronics with screens contain at least some toxic chemicals. Lead, mercury and cadmium are some of the most common.
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