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Friday, March 11, 2005
Rep. Bud Nornes (R-Fergus Falls) is sponsoring legislation that would call for the recycling of electronic items, and defines what pieces of televisions, computers and radios should be recycled. “The environment is being harmed more and more as we throw away our TVs and monitors,” Nornes said. “This legislation would protect our natural resources, and would be a reinforcement of our recycling society.” The bill states TVs, computer monitors, keyboards, printers, telephones, fax machines, toys and many other electronic items should be recycled. All of these products contain a small level of toxic material, which if released into the environment as a collective entity, can have harmful impacts. Beginning in July of 2007, manufacturers of electronic products must register with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and provide information to recyclers on how to disassemble and dispose of a product’s parts without harming the environment. That information would include a toll-free phone number or Web site address where consumers can obtain information and instructions about disposing the product. All product information must be made available to the public in an easy-to-access format. Starting in 2007, producers of electronic equipment in Minnesota must phase-out the use of harmful chemicals, including lead, mercury and polyvinyl chloride from its products. “These steps are necessary in order to protect our environment and the health of future generations,” Nornes said. “Technology is improving, and we need to make sure it improves with the interest of Minnesotans at heart.”
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