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US government ‘abandoning’ green electronics rating system

April 14th, 2015
By Leigh Stringer, Chemical Watch

A new presidential Executive Order on US federal sustainability efforts could mean that a tool that allows purchasers to identify electronics products that meet standards on hazardous substances is abandoned by the federal government, two NGOs claim.

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Responsible Electronics Recycling Act, to ban overseas dumping of US ewaste, introduced in Congress

July 24th, 2013

The news comes just after one Colorado firm was ordered to pay over $4 million in fines, with two executives sent to prison, for a scheme to illegally dispose of and export electronic waste to China and other foreign countries.

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Statement on the new ITC report on exports of electronic waste

March 13th, 2013

While the report doesn’t answer many of the relevant questions about e-waste exports, it does contain important acknowledgments supporting the need for federal legislation, like the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act introduced in the 112th Congress

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New Study Shows Federal E-Waste Export Bill Could Create Up To 42,000 Jobs

February 5th, 2013

Feb 5, 2013: Federal legislation that would restrict exports of electronic waste from the U.S. to developing countries could create as many as 42,000 direct and indirect new jobs with a total payroll of more than $1 billion, according to a new study commissioned by the Coalition For American Electronics Recycling (CAER).

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Feds Appear Clueless About Their Own E-Waste

March 21st, 2012

March 21, 2012. “If you auction off used electronics, you are basically saying you don’t care what happens to it. It just goes to the highest bidder, end of story.”

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More states ban disposal of electronics in landfills

December 19th, 2011
By Wendy Koch, USA Today.

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.

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Federal E-Waste Effort Gets Mixed Reaction from Environmental Coalition

July 20th, 2011

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.”

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E-Waste bill gains broad support

July 13th, 2011
By Jesse Kamen, Politico

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?”

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Why E-Waste Should Be Kept, Recycled in U.S.

July 1st, 2011
By Emily Badger, Miller-McCune

Miller-McCune, July 1, 2011. “As laptops, flat screens and smart phones grow ever more ubiquitous, so does the problematic trash they ultimately become.”

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Santa Clara County bans international export of electronic waste

June 27th, 2011
By Ellen Huet

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.

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