Professor Colleen Graffy, "Customers Shouldn't Be Responsible For E-Waste" -- The Hill
Professor Colleen P. Graffy's opinion piece, "Customers Shouldn't Be Responsible For E-Waste -- Producers Should Be," has been published in The Hill. The article considers the amount of e-waste generated in the United States and the option of holding manufacturers responsible for the collection and recycling of their products.
Excerpt from "Customers Shouldn't Be Responsible For E-Waste -- Producers Should Be"
Putting the onus on the customer to dispose of their appliance in an environmentally friendly way is flawed because only about half of the states and Washington, D.C., have any e-waste recycling legislation and even the best-intentioned consumer is challenged to know how or where to dispose of their electronic goods even when there are state requirements. Holding the consumer responsible for e-waste disposal is also flawed because it puts the burden on the party least able to control efficiencies.
The complete article first published in The Hill may be found here