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Electronics recycling law approved in Assembly

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Hall Mountain Dry land and Valencian Museum of Ethnology. By Joanbanjo (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
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MADISON (WSAU) It could soon be against the law to throw away computers, T-V’s, and other electronic devices. The Wisconsin Assembly voted 57-to-37 yesterday to make those manufacturers arrange to recycle their old products. They contain toxic chemicals, and the bill’s supporters say our groundwater would be protected by keeping them out of the trash.

Neighboring Minnesota has a similar law.

The Senate approved the bill earlier this year. But the Assembly has some changes which senators will have to ratify before the measure goes to the governor.

Also, the Assembly voted 89-to-5 to ban the sale of products with mercury added – including thermostats – and there would be some exceptions.

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