WHY IS LEXMARK STALLING SENATE BILL SB-63 ?

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WHY IS LEXMARK STALLING SENATE BILL SB-63 ?

 user 2009-03-13 at 12:30:00 pm Views: 79
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    http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20090310/OPINION01/903100353
    The Lexmark line
    It’s all that electronic stuff that breaks down, goes obsolete and eventually finds itself in the e-junk bin. Old cell phones. Old TVs. Old VCRs. Old DVD players, video cameras, stereo systems and telephones. Old computer equipment too, including monitors, processors, notebooks, keyboards, mice, printers, copiers and multis.Some 3 million tons of e-stuff accumulated for disposal in 2006, but only 11.4 percent was recycled, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Which is too bad. Recycling actually creates jobs.

    Sen. Denise Harper-Angel, D-Louisville, has introduced Senate Bill 63, which would promote a flexible Kentucky system in which manufacturers take back old products and recycle them. Government’s role would be minimized.Ms. Harper-Angel took all the right steps, basing her bill on the findings of an interim study, then adjusting some provisions to meet industry concerns, including those of General Electric regarding old TVs.

    But Lexmark, the Lexington computer printer maker, went directly to Senate leadership with its opposition and has stalled SB 63. The remaining hope is that Rep. Robin Webb, D-Grayson, who has a real interest in this issue, will find a way to attach a version of Ms. Harper-Angel’s bill in the House.On its Web site, Lexmark claims to be a good environmental steward, practicing “energy conservation, pollution prevention and waste minimization.” The company boasts, “We provide recycling programs at our sites, product recycling and cartridge remanufacturing and recycling. … As a good corporate citizen, we employ environmental and health and safety mangement systems, consitently adhere to regulatory compliance and participate in community partnerships.”But its more important partnership seems to be with those in the General Assembly who are content to see e-junk pile up in landfills