The Coalition for American Electronics Recycling (CAER), based in Washington, D.C., has received the endorsement of the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) for its support of federal legislation to restrict the export of electronic scrap from the United States. The groups says such action will "spur [the] creation of tens of thousands of jobs through expansion of the domestic recycling industry."
In a news release recognizing the endorsement, CAER states, “The Responsible Electronics Recycling Act addresses two important issues at once: reducing the dumping of toxic e-waste in developing nations and fostering economic and job growth for responsible recycling companies in the U.S.”
The act, introduced in June 2011, would restrict obsolete electronics exports to developing countries that, according to CAER, "lack adequate safeguards for the environment and workers."
Companies that support the legislation include Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Apple, Samsung, Best Buy and LG.
“The Responsible Electronics Recycling Act addresses two important issues at once: reducing the dumping of toxic e-waste in developing nations and fostering economic and job growth for responsible recycling companies in the U.S.,” says Richard Eidlin, ASBC policy director. “The American Sustainable Business Council sees the Act as another critical step towards reducing the broad health and environmental risks associated with hazardous and toxic chemicals. Communities across the U.S. stand to benefit from the new, high quality jobs that the fledging e-waste will create with passage of this legislation.”
John Shegerian, co-founder and president of Fresno, Calif.-based Electronic Recyclers International, says, “Having the support of the prestigious ASBC is yet another reflection of the growing consensus that the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act is good for business and will create much-needed jobs and enhance sustainability. Our members are committed to growing an American industry with the capacity to manage e-waste generated within our borders and the potential to create tens of thousands of jobs in every part of the country.”
CAER includes 35 U.S. companies with 89 facilities involved in the electronics recycling industry.
The ASBC says it works to influence the creation of "public policy that acknowledges sustainable and socially responsible businesses and social enterprises."