Arlington, Va. - The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) announced on Friday they have filed a legal challenge against a new law in New York City mandating that manufacturers provide free, door-to-door electronics collection to city residents.
The regulation is scheduled to go into effect July 31.
"Estimates suggest the requirements will cost manufacturers, including many small businesses, more than $200 million annually, resulting in cost increases to consumers and job losses," the organizations said in a joint statement.
"Despite the technology industry's best efforts to negotiate with New York City officials on a reasonable and effective recycling program, the city is proceeding with plans to impose the most costly, burdensome and environmentally harmful electronics recycling requirements in the world," said Dean Garfield, president and CEO of ITI, in the statement. "At this point, we have no option but to file suit to avoid the disastrous environmental and economic consequences of this poorly conceived regulation. There is a better way to achieve the common goal of an effective recycling program."
"Manufacturers recognize that they have a key role in providing recycling opportunities for consumers, and have recycled billions of pounds of electronics through voluntary programs," added Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CEA. "However, they do not have the only role. The responsibilities and costs for electronics recycling should be shared among all stakeholders, including city and state governments, retailers, recyclers and consumers."