E-waste bill passes 2nd, 3rd readings

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May 29, 2012 21:42

 
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The Knesset Economic Affairs Committee approved in its second and third reading on Tuesday the electronic waste – “e-waste” – bill that was initiated by Adam Teva V’Din – Israel Union for Environmental Defense, and has been promoted by both the Environmental Protection Ministry and MK Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz). The bill had been approved by cabinet in February, and was approved in its first reading in the Knesset in March.

The bill stipulates that manufacturers and importers of electronic must recycle 50 percent of the total weight of electronic equipment they sell annually by the year 2021, and will require that manufacturers and importers of batteries recycle 30 to 35% worth of their products, depending on the type of batteries sold, by the year 2019, according to the committee.

Both the Environmental Protection Ministry and Adam Teva V’Din praised the committee’s decision to approval the bill, stressing the fact that 80,000 tons of electronic waste now reach Israeli landfills each year.

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