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New York City Council Overrides Mayor's Veto on E-Waste Bill

Date: May 15, 2008

Source: News Room

The New York City Council overrode Mayor Michael Bloomberg´s veto of a bill that imposes performance standards on manufacturers for the recovery of electronic waste. Introductory Number 729 requires electronics manufacturers to take back a minimum of 25% of what they sell by July 1, 2012. That percentage rises to 65% in 2018. It is the second part of a measure that was orginally split into two parts so that the Mayor could sign into law those elements of the law to which he agreed. The Mayor disagreed with the second measure because in his view, it disproportionately burdens manufactures instead of wholesalers whom actually sell directly to the public. The Council passed the bill on March 26 only to have the Mayor veto it on April 26. The Council overrode the veto on May 14. However, the Mayor is not expected to implement the standards.

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