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Electronic Manufacturers and Recycling Laws

U.S. consumers discarded about 3 million tons of obsolete consumer electronic products in 2010, making the country the world leader in annual electronic waste production.

Electronics play an essential role in today's rapidly moving society. Utilization of electronics can be found in products such as information and communication technologies, household entertainment systems, refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, and clothes dryers. Knowledge improvements in advanced manufacturing technologies over the years have resulted in the miniaturization of some electronic appliances and increased production. Compounding the increased proliferation of electronic goods and a shorter life span is the significant cost of recycling them at the end of their lives. These challenges typically result in the dumping of obsolete electronics without recycling. Mandatory recycling laws help avert the dumping of ...

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