Nov 10 - Feds Tout Economic Benefits of E-waste Recycling

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), partners in a "National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship," are committed to promoting the recycling of electronics and advancing a domestic market for electronics recycling that will protect public health, prevent pollution and create jobs.

Recently, these two agencies toured e-Green Management of Islip Terrace, New York to highlight the environmental, public health and economic benefits of recycling electronics domestically and responsibly.

In a press release, EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck said,

"The growing electronics recycling industry has the potential to create new economic and environmental opportunities. Our work with businesses like e-Green Management means that more of our nation’s electronics will be handled responsibly, and more jobs will be created."

And GSA Regional Administrator Denise L. Pease,

"The federal government is the nation's largest consumer of electronics and GSA can and will ensure that it becomes the most responsible user of these items. Our efforts in this region alone already keep 1300 tons or 49% of office and building waste out of landfills. Through GSA's programs for reuse, recycling and proper disposal of e-waste, the federal government can lead by example and, at the same time, help promote job growth in this emerging industry. Supporting small businesses who continue to generate jobs and strengthen our economy is a priority of President Barack Obama."

Every year, Americans generate almost 2.5 million tons of used electronics, which are made from valuable resources such as precious metals and rare earth materials, as well as plastic and glass. The responsible management of electronics provides an opportunity to promote economic development and jobs by developing a strong domestic electronics recycling market while preventing pollution.

View the press release

Meanwhile, there's a e-waste export bill in Congress, Responsible Electronics Recycling Act of 2011, that is supported by many recyclers and retailers.

Take Action! Send in a support letter for the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act