Electronics recycling mandate proposed in Israel

Israel is moving closer to implementing a form of extended producer responsibility for electronics and batteries within its borders, reports the Jerusalem Post.

The “e-waste” bill initiated by Adam Teva V’Din – Israel Union for Environmental Defense, and has been promoted by both the Environmental Protection Ministry and MK Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz) has passed its second and third readings in the Knesset Economic Affairs Committee, the English-language website reported.

When approved, the new electronics recycling law would place the burden of funding used electronics collections and recycling programs on manufacturers. Companies that manufacture and electronics and electric goods would have to recycle 50 percent of the total weight of sales volume annually. Battery manufacturers and importers would have to recycle 25 to 35 percent of the weight of their product sales, depending on the types of batteries they handle.

The bill also encourages reuse options for used electronics. The Environmental Protection Ministry estimates the nation generates 85,000 tons of used and scrap electronics each year.

The effort to promote recycling is another step in a broader plan to more effectively manage the country’s solid waste problems, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Generally, once a bill passes its third reading in the Knesset it is signed by the presiding speaker and is later published in the Official Gazette, with the signatures of the president, prime minister, Knesset speaker and the minister responsible for the law’s implementation. Finally, the state seal is placed on it by the minister of justice, and the bill becomes law.

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