Legislation would add recycling costs to local governments

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Since 2011, it has been illegal to dump certain electronics because of the harm lead does to our environment.

Under current recycling programs, large manufacturers help local government to pay for the expensive recycling fees.

Sen. Trudy Wade supports legislation that would put the cost to local government and taxpayers and eliminate the manufacturer’s fund.

Executive Director Diane Davis with the Carolina Recycling Association said their members sent a letter to the House of Representatives opposing the bill that would raise costs.

“It’s really a bad idea. Local governments are already paying large sums of money to manage the materials over and above what they get or these manufacturers’ fees and if the manufacturer doesn’t have to contribute any more than the local government are hit with much high costs of recycling these items,” Davis said. “There are those that are very concerned it will have a lot of illegal dumping of these items because the public won’t know what to do and some will choose the wrong way.”

Davis said the legislation has gone back to the committee to try and discuss a resolution.

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