National E-Waste Strategy Unveiled | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 89 Issue 30 | p. 28 | Concentrates
Issue Date: July 25, 2011

National E-Waste Strategy Unveiled

Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: electronics, recycling
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Recycling of electronic waste would benefit from federal program.
Credit: EPA
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Recycling of electronic waste would benefit from federal program.
Credit: EPA

Representatives from industry and the Obama Administration last week announced a strategy for the responsible design, purchase, management, and recycling of old electronic products. The National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship will boost the growing U.S. electronics recycling market. It also commits the federal government—the nation’s largest electronics consumer—to adopt more environmentally friendly electronics practices. The U.S. annually generates almost 2.5 million tons of used electronics, which contain valuable resources such as precious metals and rare-earth materials. “A robust electronics recycling industry in America would create new opportunities to efficiently and profitably address a growing pollution threat,” EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson said in a statement. Along with the strategy’s unveiling, Dell, Sprint, and Sony made the first voluntary commitments to an EPA industry partnership that promotes environmentally friendly management of used electronics.

 
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