Recycling Laws Are Environmentally and Economically Risky

Most laws and regulations holding manufacturers responsible are not based on any real, identifiable environmental problem. Rather, they are a development of the "precautionary principle," a belief system also pushed by the environmental movement that holds if there is even a potential for an environmental risk, then measures must be taken to prevent that risk from ever occurring. One of the biggest problems with the "precautionary principle" is that it fails to consider tradeoffs—environmental, health, and economic.

Lawmakers throughout Europe and parts of Asia have widely adopted "extended producer responsibility" laws, particularly in an attempt to control waste from paper and packaging, tires, automobiles, batteries, some appliances, and, most recently, electronics. But studies analyzing the impact of these efforts show that these mandated recycling programs carry huge risks to both human health and the environment. Furthermore, consumers bear the burden of paying for these costly programs that compromise product quality and reliability by impeding innovation. . . .

Where Are Obsolete Computers?

The majority of old computers are not being thrown away but stored in people's homes.

Buried in Landfills

Buried in Landfills

Taken from Dana Joe! Gattuso, "Mandated Recycling of Electronics: A Lose, Lose-Lose Proposition." Competitive Enierprise Instilute February 1. 2005
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