Mar 1 - CO - E-waste Landfill Ban Bill Advances out of Senate
Colorado state lawmakers are contemplating banning certain types of electronic devices from landfills, in order to promote recycling of old electronics.
The Colorado Senate passed SB 133 yesterday, a measure that would ban electronics from being placed in solid waste landfills starting July 1, 2013. The disposal ban would cover computers, monitors, televisions, DVD players and other electronics. In addition, state agencies must recycle its e-waste with a certified recycler. The recycler must be certified by either R2 or e-Stewards, according the bill.
According a recycler, Henry Renteria-Vigil, "Your older computer stuff actually has more gold in it than your newer stuff."
Not losing that value is the idea behind the bipartisan bill that would keep this stuff out of landfills.
"I see this as just another form of mining," according to Rep. Don Coram (R-Montrose). "We have some valuable resources, valuable minerals that are simply going to waste."
Next, it will need to clear the House of Representatives in order to make it to the governor's desk.