RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s electronic recycling program and ban on such equipment in landfills would end in legislation making its way through the state Senate.
Supporters argue the repeals are needed because there aren’t enough recyclers accepting old televisions and computers, and there’s a downturn in the recycled electronics market. Environmentalists call the repeal effort shortsighted and say the industry has created hundreds of jobs in the state.
The equipment can contain hazardous chemicals.
Bill supporter Sen. Trudy Wade of Guilford County says there aren’t enough recyclers in the state to collect the equipment, leading some people to discard computers and TV in the woods.
The repeals are in the Senate version of the Republicans’ annual legislation designed to reduce state regulations. It’s scheduled for a Senate floor vote next week.