TAX INCENTIVES TO ENCOURAGE RECYCLING (TIER) ACT -- (Extensions of Remarks - January 25, 2005)
SPEECH OF HON. RANDY ``DUKE'' CUNNINGHAM OF CALIFORNIA
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
TUESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2005
* Mr. CUNNINGHAM. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to introduce the Tax Incentives to Encourage Recycling (TIER) Act, legislation to address the problem of electronic waste in this country.
* E-waste is a growing problem. With continuing advancements in technology, computers, televisions and cell phones are quickly becoming obsolete, and soon after arriving on the market, end up in our landfills. This equipment contains some toxic material that should be recycled or disposed of in a way that does not pose harm to the environment.
* For this reason, I have introduced the Tax Incentives to Encourage Recycling (TIER) Act. This bill will provide tax incentives to computer, electronic and cell phone manufacturers that implement recycling programs. The benefits are two-fold: the TIER Act will help protect the environment and will keep the costs of computers and electronic equipment low.
* The biggest burden to recycling is the transportation of the equipment from the residence or business to the recycling center. This legislation will provide the incentive for manufacturers or third parties to transport old equipment to recycling centers.
* Some state legislatures have already passed laws to impose user fees on the purchase of computer equipment. This drives up the cost of computers and only serves to further widen the digital divide. We should be working to make computer equipment more affordable for all Americans.
* I would like to thank my colleague, Mr. CANTOR, for cosponsoring this important legislation. By providing incentives for recycling, we can keep the costs of computers reasonable and protect our environment.