Xstrata, CloudBlue Join Coalition for American Electronics Recycling

CAER is lobbying for the reintroduction of the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act.

May 7, 2013
Recycling Today Staff
Electronics Legislation & Regulations Nonferrous

The Coalition for American Electronics Recycling (CAER) has announced that two companies—Xstrata Copper and CloudBlue Technologies Inc.—have joined the industry campaign to support of the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act (RERA).

CAER’s organization has been designed to work to support the reintroduction of RERA in the 113th Congress. RERA will prohibit unregulated export of nonworking electronics and electronic scrap containing hazardous materials. According to a CAER release, trade in tested, working electronics and recycled commodities would not be restricted and is expected to grow with passage of RERA. According to a recent CAER study, RERA’s passage may generate up to 42,000 new jobs with an annual payroll of up to $1 billion.

“The addition of industry leaders CloudBlue and Xstrata Copper shows that momentum continues to build for responsible trade policies that create jobs and promote investment,” says David Zimet, president of Hesstech and CAER steering committee member. “In 2012, we were able to generate bipartisan support on Capitol Hill, and we look forward to building on that success in the 113th Congress.”

Xstrata Copper, which is joining the CAER steering committee, is the fourth largest global copper producer and a significant recycler of copper and precious metals from electronic scrap.

“We are pleased to support the passage of a bill that ensures sustainable e-waste recycling and recovery of precious metals,” says Paul Healey of Xstrata Copper. “This important legislation supports our approach to product stewardship by ensuring that valuable raw materials are recovered, processed in North America and returned to manufacturers for fabrication into new products that will be sold internationally. Conserving resources is good for the environment, and the economy.”

CloudBlue Technologies, headquartered in Norcross, Ga., provides enterprise IT asset disposition, onsite data destruction and electronic scrap recycling services. CloudBlue operates more than 40 locations worldwide including Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey and Texas. The company is both e-Stewards and R2 certified.

"CloudBlue is proud to support legislation that promotes the proper recycling of e-waste and creates American jobs,” says CloudBlue CEO Ken Beyer. “Implementing a sustainable, national solution to the rapidly growing problem of toxic e-waste export from the U.S. to developing countries requires leadership from our federal government. A federal e-waste bill, coupled with our industry's growing group of certified electronics recycling enterprises, will have a positive global impact on the environment, data privacy protection and human health and safety."

CAER membership includes 94 companies operating 176 facilities in 34 states and the District of Columbia.