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2007 Electronics Recycling Report Discusses Current Regulations in 26 Countries

The 2007 edition of Electronics Recycling: A Guide to International Regulations is now available through environmental publisher Raymond Communications. The 300+ page publication discusses the current electronic waste laws and regulations in twenty-six countries in North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America, as well as Australia, plus in depth historical information.

The national interpretations of the European Union Directives (WEEE and RoHS) are explained in plain English, with details on who is affected, and which items have toxic materials restrictions. Collection organization information is included, and fee structures and electronics recovery rates are provided, when available. Plus, English-speaking contacts for most countries are included.

The report explains how Asian nations, including China, used EU legislation as a model to craft their own regulations. Cell phone recycling in Asia is also discussed. Separate sections on Japan, South Korea and Taiwan are featured.

In the U.S., six states have enacted e-waste laws and many other states are pushing for their own regulations. The report includes background and analysis of the current regulatory climate for electronics stewardship, summaries of state electronics "takeback" and related bills, and the results of major pilot collection programs at the local level.

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