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How To Prevent Unregulated E-Waste Export From Threatening National Security

Posted at May 12, 2015 | By : | Categories : Blog,News | 0 Comment

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Disposing electronic waste, called e-waste, is illegal, but highly profitable. Millions of tons of discarded electronics is ending up in Asia and Africa, where counterfeiting has become a thriving business.

Growing Counterfeit Market Uses Unregulated E-Waste

According to the Coalition for American Electronics Recycling “It is estimated that more than half of U.S. e-waste is shipped offshore, primarily to China, by scrap dealers and brokers claiming to be recyclers. This has led to a flourishing counterfeiting industry that paints over old microchips from the U.S., re-packages them and then sells them as new. They are then re-introduced to the high tech marketplace and used in defense hardware.”

In 2012 a report by the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee found that counterfeit electronic parts from China have flooded the U.S. Defense industry. Furthermore, the study found that “much of the material used to make counterfeit electronic parts is e-waste shipped from the United States and the rest of the world to China” The committee concluded that these components were prone to failure.

Defective Counterfeit Parts Threatens National Security

Unregulated E-Waste Export From Threatens National Security - WasteToGreen.com

The 2012 report describes “whole factories in China of 10,000 to 15,000 people set up for the purpose of counterfeiting.” The National Defense magazine has called for legislation promoting responsible e-waste recycling. A legislative committee, headed by John McCain and Carl Levin, found hundreds of defective Chinese-made counterfeit parts in U.S. Military computers and high-tech aircrafts. The committee concluded that these parts can “compromise performance and reliability, risk national security, and endanger the safety of military personnel.”

A recent report released April 19, 2015 by the United Nations University estimated that in 2014 the U.S. led all nations in producing 7.1 million metric tons of the 41.8 million metric tons of electronic waste world-wide. Our e-trash is providing counterfeiters with e-treasure made up of precious metals, confidential data and microchips.

Promote Responsible Electronic Recycling

The Coalition for American Electronics Recycling (CAER) has called on Congress to pass the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act (RERA) to promote responsible electronics recycling policies that ban the export on untested and nonfunctional e-waste. Responsible electronic recycling is an integral part of the solution. Electronic recycling is designed to ensure that data is wiped clean and the equipment is refurbished or deconstructed into raw materials ready for re-use. Waste to Green is a trusted member of this responsible industry of electronic recyclers and is monitored by watchdog organizations such as e-Stewards’ stringent Standard and Certification programs that are working to end toxic trade and counterfeiting.

Legislation to Ban E-Waste Export

CAER supports legislation that requires domestic recycling of all untested, nonworking electronics valued by counterfeiters. The best way to put an end to counterfeiters is to put a ban on the export of unprocessed e-waste. Legislation is languishing in Congress due to concerns that e-waste bans would interfere with the legitimate trade in other metals. U.S. businesses and recyclers must join forces to help the country avoid being at the mercy of the growing counterfeit marketplace. Patrick O’Reilly, a retired Army general and former director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, puts this in perspective by saying “We do not want a $12 million missile defense interceptor’s reliability compromised by a $2 counterfeit part.”

Your Takeaway

You can do your part by making our country a secure and safe place to live. Give Waste to Green a call and take that first step toward ending the unregulated e-waste trade!

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