By ThinGuy on Jun 11, 2007
Via /. In the state where everything is bigger, Texas legislators have passed a green computing bill that in which computer vendors are required to provide a "reasonably convenient" recycling plan that requires no additional payments from consumers. To me, this is like trying to curb drug addiction by supplying free needles. Free needles hope to stop the prevention of disease, not the prevention of addiction.
So really who does this bill benefit? Well, I'd say it benefits those who make all the things that fill the landfills who just happened to help craft the legislation (Read HP and Dell). There's nothing really in this bill that saves natural resources. There's no guarantee that there will be compliance. Most folks I know re-purpose old PC's until they die.
Let's forget the what "reasonably convenient" (driving 10 miles vs walking with the PC) and "no additional payments from consumers" (buried in the price) could mean. Let's instead focus on what Texas could do.
How about teaming with power companies to provide incentives to those who choose green computing.
Promote not having to recycle thousands of desktops every few years, instead perhaps a few hundred servers that arguably have a much longer shelf life then your typical desktop.
Let's hope the Governor of Texas has more smarts than those who pushed this bill through. I'd say going after Huggies and Pampers for recycling fees
would reduce landfill usage line someones pockets more than the computer industry. But what do I know about diapers.