29 Feb '12, 3pm

See Inside a Canadian E-Waste Recycling Facility

See Inside a Canadian E-Waste Recycling Facility

But the biggest difference between the US and Canada is in the way EPSC works to harmonize standards across provinces. Because the EPA encourages states to develop their own hazardous waste regulations, the requirements for US recyclers vary drastically from state to state. So far, 25 states have e-waste legislation, but the laws are conflicting and confusing . Sometimes recyclers pay, sometimes manufacturers pay, sometimes consumers pay. Because of the varying demands of different state laws, R2/RIOS, and e-Stewards, it's difficult for a US recycler to expand into other states the way FCM has expanded into other provinces. Only a few US recyclers, such as Electronics Recyclers International , have locations in multiple states. Some attempts to harmonize US laws have been made—there's an organization dedicated to harmonizing US e-waste laws called the Electronics Recycling...

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