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Friday, January 20, 2006

News From the Other Portland: Maine Enacts Pioneering e-Waste Recycling Law

So this isn't exactly energy news, but its good news nonetheless. Grist reports today that Maine became the first in the nation to require manufacturers to cover the cost of recycling televisions and computer monitors.

Similar to e-waste laws already in force in Japan and some European countries, the Pine State's new rule allows municipalities to bill the expenses of recycling dumped screens to manufacturers. The aim is to make it less costly for these localities to keep televisions and computer monitors -- which can contain about five pounds of lead each, as well as mercury, cadmium, and other toxic chemicals -- out of landfills.

Maine's groundbreaking-for-the-U.S. move is inspiring about 15 other states to consider similar legislation.

So bravo to our fellow progressives over there in that other Portland! You may talk a little funny but we love you anyway.

There's more at the Portland Press Herald.

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