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Senate panel OKs Klobuchar bill on recycling electronic waste

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Legislation sponsored by Sen. Amy Klobuchar that aims to boost the recycling of electronic waste is one step closer to approval after being passed out of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today. The bill was approved by a voice vote.

The measure would fund studies on impediments to the recycling of old electronics — many of which contain hazardous materials and cannot be safely disposed of simply by tossing them in with normal landfill garbage. An electronic waste recycling program in Minnesota, begun in 2007, is likely to serve as a national model on the issue.

“Technology continues to advance, but our ways of disposing of electronic equipment haven’t kept up,” said Klobuchar.  “Many states, including Minnesota, are leading the way on recycling electronic equipment, but we need a national solution to ensure that all unwanted electronics are discarded in a safe and responsible manner.”

A companion measure was approved by the House in April.

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