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Posted: Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 11:55 AM HST

Hawaii lawmakers push electronics recycling rules

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) Hawaii lawmakers are proposing that manufacturers of electronics goods must recycle 50 percent of the pounds of products sold in the state.

The goal is to give residents on neighbor islands more options to recycle their old televisions and cell phones. There are electronics recycling programs on Oahu, but residents on other islands have fewer options.

Rep. Chris Lee says many manufacturers have a mail-back program for electronics recycling, but most people don't want to spend $50 to mail in an oversized television for recycling.

The Consumer Electronics Association opposes the bill and says it's overly burdensome and costly to business. They say having a strict weight requirement wouldn't work for manufacturers.

Department of Health director Linda Rosen says the bill is important because it deals with toxic waste.

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