Split forms over e-waste export ban bills
“Electronics remained a surging waste stream in 2011 and that trend doesn’t appear to be slowing. And neither does the boom in electronics recycling, as new states implement landfill bans, and the United States Congress plans to take a hard look at e-waste export bans in 2012.
The U.S. EPA estimates that 2.4 million tons of electronic waste was generated in 2010, up from about 2 million tons in 2005 and 1.3 million tons in 2000.
A study funded by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc. (ISRI) in late 2011 showed that 74% of the electronics recycled in the United States came from commercial businesses, while individuals purchase the majority of electronics.
The largest piece of legislation likely to deal with electronic waste in 2012 is the proposed ban on exports of e-waste to developing countries that is before both the House of Representatives and the Senate. The Responsible Electronics Recycling Act has a total of 17 sponsors between the two bills, including 10 Democrats and seven Republicans.
ISRI has opposed the legislation, but a coalition of recyclers, which now includes Sims Recycling Solutions, a division of Sims Metal Management, has thrown support behind it”.
(Source Reference: http://www.wasterecyclingnews.com/arcshow.html?id=12010901201)
January 09, 2012
By: Jeremy Carroll