The largest e-waste recycler in the world yesterday announced its support for legislation in Congress to restrict exports of e-waste from the U.S. to developing countries.
Dec 19, 2011. USA Today: Seventeen states have banned electronic waste from landfills, requiring it to be recycled so its toxic materials don’t leach into groundwater. Seven of these bans took effect this year, and two more will take effect soon: Illinois in January 2012 and Pennsylvania in January 2013.
Two recent studies show that e-waste exported to developing nations continues to cause great harm to the children in the areas where our e-waste is crudely handled in China and Ghana.
Denver Business Journal: A federal grand jury in Denver has indicted two executives from Executive Recycling, a metro-area electronics recycling company, after a three-year investigation into allegations they dumped hazardous computer waste overseas instead of reusing and reselling it domestically.
Instead of being out in front, they stand several giant steps behind the true leaders on managing their used electronics.
We are very disappointed that the Task Force missed the opportunity handed to them by President Obama’s mandate to truly lead by example and ensure that all federal agencies do the right thing and not export obsolete used electronic equipment unless it is fully functional.”
The Story of Electronics video takes on the electronics industry’s “design for the dump” mentality and champions product take back to spur companies to make less toxic, more easily recyclable and longer lasting products.
Politico, July 13, 2011: “There are a number of efforts to divert e-waste out of the trash and into the hands of recyclers, and states are really leading that charge — but what good is all the effort if it’s just going to be dumped overseas?”
Miller-McCune, July 1, 2011. “As laptops, flat screens and smart phones grow ever more ubiquitous, so does the problematic trash they ultimately become.”
San Jose Mercury News, June 24, 2011. Rob D’Arcy, who runs the county’s household hazardous waste program, called the ordinance “visionary” and applauded the county for being the first government to approve a law regarding e-waste exports.