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Electronics recycling law takes effect

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River Falls, 54022

River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

Wisconsin's new "E-waste" began Jan. 1 and requires makers of TVs, computers and other electronics to arrange for the recycling of their products. Starting September first, it will be against the law for anyone to throw electronics in the garbage. Dan Kohler of Wisconsin Environment says 10,000 tons of computer monitors and 24,000 tons of TVs get buried in landfills every year, and the lead and mercury from those items can pollute the ground-water. That's why the governor and Legislature made Wisconsin the 19th state to approve mandatory recycling. Governor Jim Doyle signed the bill in October. Wess Damro of Brown County's solid waste department says one goal of the law is to make it easier for consumers to recycle old electronics. The EPA says about one of every five devices get re-used or recycled.

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