While the U.S. government has not been at the forefront of environmental law on e-waste, individual states have begun enacting legislation to address the growing problem. An advantage to this approach is that many different ideas on how to best handle e-waste are implemented and the merits can be compared; the disadvantage is that consumers and, especially, manufacturers have to keep track of a different sets of rules for each state in which they do business. One hopes that at some point the best ideas will sort themselves out and a federal program will be adopted to make compliance easier. Below are details on selected state programs. Figure 2-1 lists all states that have some sort of electronics recycling/reuse legislation currently in effect.
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