Reps. Mike Thompson, Gene Green Introduce BIPARTISAN Legislation that creates jobs, Promotes Responsible Recycling of E-Waste Washington, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Mike Thompson (CA-05) and Gene Green (TX-29) today introduced H.R. 2791, the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act (RERA) of 2013. The legislation promotes the U.S. recycling industry by prohibiting the exportation of some electronics whose improper …
Tell retailers like Walmart, Sam’s Club, Costco, Amazon, & Sears to help us recycle our electronics, like Best Buy and Staples do.
July 18 2013. Environmental Leader: “…more than half of the 16 retailers flunked, including retail giants such as Walmart, Amazon, Costco, Sam’s Club and Sears.”
July 17, 2013: What do you do with your old gadgets? Ideally, you would be able to bring them back to the store where you bought them and drop them off to be recycled but as a new report card shows, there aren’t very many retailers in the nation that make that possible or convenient.
It’s time for these retailers to step up and start taking some responsibility for their role in the e-waste problem. They are selling us billions of dollars in electronics, but most are doing nothing to help us recycle them.
July 17, 2013: Only three electronics retailers are making a serious effort to help consumers responsibly recycle their old electronic products.
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Should the retailers – Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, etc. play a role in helping us to recycle our stuff?
In the U.S. we generated 3.41 million tons of e-waste in 2011, up from 3.32 million tons in 2010.
Global health and justice groups demand that TCO withdraw its sustainability certification award for Samsung’s S4 Smartphone
June 5, 2013: “TCO must not claim that its certification rewards ‘sustainable’ behavior – including social issues and occupational health – while at the same time failing to acknowledge the well documented cancer cluster at Samsung.”
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