Electronics-waste bill passes House and Senate

first_imgOn March 23rd, the Vermont House of Representatives approved a broadly supported bill that would provide free and convenient recycling of electronic waste to residents, charities, schools, and small businesses in the state. S.77, which received tri-partisan support in the House and Senate, now makes its way to the Governor’s desk for the final step in the legislative process.”This is an incredible victory for consumers,” said Charity Carbine, environmental health advocate for the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG). “Instead of storing old computers in their basements or waiting for once a year collection events, Vermonters will now be able to easily and responsibly recycle their e-waste for free.”Unlike traditional recycling programs, S.77 requires electronics manufacturers to share in the cost and responsibility of collecting and recycling their products. So-called “producer responsibility” programs are gaining momentum as states and municipalities acknowledge the role that manufacturers must have in the end-of-life management of their products. Vermont is the 21st state in the United States to pass this type of legislation for electronic waste. Europe, Canada and Asia also have producer responsibility laws for electronics as well as other products. Producer responsibility programs also provide powerful incentives for manufacturers to design their electronics to last longer and to exclude the toxic materials that make recycling so difficult and expensive.  The popular LCD TV is perhaps the “poster child” for how electronics are not designed with recycling in mind, because of both material selection and physical design. Inside a typical 40 inch LCD flat panel TV, there are 22 thin, fragile lamps containing mercury, which light the TV screen. The entire TV must be disassembled to get access to these bulbs, making replacement of bulbs and harvesting them in the recycling process difficult and expensive. (Source: Electronics Takeback Coalition)S.77 requires manufacturers of electronic goods to provide convenient collection options for Vermont consumers to drop off their televisions, computers and computer related equipment at no cost. The program is paid for by the manufacturers of those types of products. Vermonters will not see an increase in the price of their electronic products as a result of this legislation.  “In Vermont, municipalities, solid waste districts, and taxpayers bear the financial burden of grappling with e-waste”, said Jen Holliday, Environmental and Safety Compliance Manager for Chittenden Solid Waste District and coordinator for the Vermont Product Stewardship Council. “We have no control on how these products are designed, manufactured, marketed and sold, but ultimately it is local government that is left with trying to capture and recycle these products when they are being discarded. This legislation changes that model and provides the consumer with a convenient and consistent state-wide collection system that we lack today.” Rapid advances in technology and the emergence of new electronic gadgets make the electronics the fastest growing waste stream in the United States. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates  that in 2007, the US generated over 3 million TONS of e-waste. Approximately 1.5 million pounds of discarded electronics were collected in Vermont in 2008 alone. Source: CSWD. 3.26.2010###last_img read more

Betfred expands staff compliance training with SMP eGaming

first_img Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share Share Betfred has revealed that it will strengthen its staff and operational compliance training programmes with Isle of Man consultancy SMP eGaming.Updating stakeholders, the Manchester bookmaker is set to launch a ‘Compliance Academy’, developed by SMP eGaming, an industry consultancy specialising in multi-jurisdictional compliance, AML frameworks and fraud prevention.Developing the Compliance Academy, SMP eGaming details that Betfred staff will be taught under a ‘Continued-Professional-Development – CDP’ certified framework,Furthermore, Betfred’s executive management team will be able to utilise the programme as a knowledge centre and document repository for the bookmaker’s policy and operational procedure development.Confirming the training partnership with SMP eGaming, Adele Farrell, Director of Digital Compliance at Betfred, detailed:“The platform provided by SMP Compliance Academy provides a powerful tool and voice, not only to deliver the obligatory training and company policy and procedures that Betfred requires, but also to instil a positive and responsible compliance culture.“The platform allows us to apply a risk-based approach to our training via the powerful analytical tools, which can be used to identify any training deficiencies within the business.“We are committed to the ongoing training of our staff, ensuring they have the latest relevant knowledge and skills, and the SMP Compliance Academy meets all our requirements perfectly.” StumbleUpon Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Betfred boosts US racing coverage with XB Net deal renewal August 10, 2020last_img read more