August 7, 2007 By News Report
Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell today highlighted a new state law that creates a mandatory recycling program for certain major electronic appliances such as computers and televisions, slated to begin in 2009.
In a ceremonial bill signing at the Glastonbury Transfer Station, Rell noted that the new law makes Connecticut a national leader in the drive to minimize the impact of such devices on solid waste landfills and on the environment. Apart from being bulky, old computers, TVs and other such devices contain small but significant amounts of pollutants such as mercury and lead.
"We chose the spot for today's event for a reason," Rell said. "Imagine: In the not-too-distant future, you will be able to bring your outdated TVs and computers to a recycling center like this and know they'll be broken down safely. What can be recycled will be, and what's dangerous will be kept out of our environment.
"You can know that you are doing your part to keep our beautiful state a cleaner, greener place now and in the future, and we will be building on our current successes in recycling newspapers, plastic, glass and aluminum," the said.
Under the law, manufacturers of those devices will have to register with the state Department of Environmental Protection, starting in 2009, and pay an annual fee that DEP will use to administer the recycling program. Also in 2009, cities and towns will be required to begin providing for the recycling of the affected devices, including making arrangements for collection and transportation of the devices to a DEP-approved recycler.
The new law specifically exempts certain smaller electronic devices from the recycling requirement, including cell phones, PDAs, calculators and pagers, computers or TVs that are parts of a motor vehicle or household appliance, home telephones (unless they have a video display larger than 4 inches diagonally) and devices that are part of equipment used in an industrial, commercial or medical setting.
The new law, Public Act 07-189, takes effect October 1, except for a provision requiring the DEP to begin drawing up regulations, which takes effect July 1, and a provision allowing the DEP to join an existing regional electronics recycling organization or compact, which took effect immediately.
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