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.
As the Armed Services Committee report found, “much of the material used to make counterfeit electronic parts is electronic waste, or e-waste, shipped from the United States and the rest of the world to China.”
March 6, 2014: U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today introduced S. 2090, the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act (RERA) of 2014 to stop sham U.S. “recyclers” from sending toxic electronic waste to developing countries and to promote recycling jobs at home.
March 19, 2015. This is the reason why research on e-waste exports that is based on official export records is very unreliable, and grossly understates the amount of e-waste being exported. Smugglers are not going to say they are exporting CRTs. …they lie about the contents, and say it’s plastic or scrap metal.
March 16, 2015: NGO’s today delivered a formal challenge to the electronics industry to take action to stop the harm to workers and communities caused by hazardous chemicals used to manufacture electronic products.