April 23, 2017

Governor signs electronics recycling bill (4/22/10)

A bill designed to boost recycling of computers and other electronics is now law in Vermont.

Gov. Jim Douglas traveled to the Chittenden Solid Waste District in Williston on Monday to sign a bill calling for recycling of electronics that would be free for consumers and paid for by manufacturers.

 


    Observer photo by Greg Duggan
Gov. Jim Douglas addresses a crowd at the Chittenden Solid Waste District’s Williston Drop-Off Center on Monday. Douglas visited Williston to sign legislation that will make it free for consumers to recycle electronics.

Many Vermonters have old computers and other similar items piled up in basements and attics while they await annual free disposal events. The new law is aimed at making that recycling effort easier.

“This is a program whose time has come,” Douglas said.

The governor characterized the bill as the result of a cooperative effort between the private sector, the Legislature and his administration.

CSWD General Manager Tom Moreau, a waste district commissioner and Chittenden County Sen. Ginny Lyons, D-Williston, also spoke at the bill-signing ceremony and praised the passage of the new law.

“This is one of those issues where we’re looking at a new era of waste management,” Lyons said.

 

— The Associated Press and Greg Duggan, Observer staff

 


Comments

  1. youngvt says:

    I am writing in response to Mr. Hoxworth’s article on transportation costs for the poor in Vermont. I would like to suggest further research on this topic before we simply just give another handout or tax credit. The poor, may, have a higher disproportionate burden on their transportation costs than the wealthier residents of Vermont; however, they also have a lower disproportionate burden on taxes and housing. Pick your evil.
    We can simply just give every poor Vermonter an energy efficient car, gas card, free tuition, renter’s rebate, etc.…but the only way out of poverty is through the combination of education, hard work, and discipline. Education and degrees are not handed out or purchased; a person has to EARN them. This seems to be the only way out of poverty—sorry, there are no shortcuts.
    If we continue this trend of enabling, our entire state will be a welfare state.

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