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European Union is in the process of enacting the WEEE Directives (Waste
Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directives). These directives will
require all companies operating in or selling to EU countries to comply
with national legislation. Under the WEEE Directives, equipment producers
are responsible for financing the collection, treatment, recovery and
disposal of all waste.
Here in the USA, we still do not have federal legislation regulating E-waste. Restrictions for the disposal of electronic equipment are mandated by each state under hazardous or universal waste laws. Massachusetts, Maine and California have been leading the way and all three states have restrictions for the disposal of any item containing CRT's (cathode ray tubes) banning them from state landfills while other states are considering similar bans. Many U.S. state and local governments are developing their own disposal guidelines. More than 24 bills are before various state and city legislatures regarding the handling of E-waste.
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