More than a decade after the problem was first exposed, U.S. exports of toxic e-waste continue to devastate the environment in developing countries and help fuel microchip counterfeiting that undermines our military readiness.
The Coalition for American Electronics Recycling believes electronics recycling should be performed securely and sustainably to protect national security and the environment – and for the benefit of the American economy. Learn More
A Global Environmental Threat
In developing countries that receive e-waste exports from American homes and businesses, the toxic materials are processed in primitive conditions that lack safeguards from toxic elements. Learn More
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National Security Risks
E-waste exports contribute to microchip counterfeiting, mostly in China, that can result in unreliable components used in sensitive applications such as military hardware, critical infrastructure, healthcare technology, and more. Learn More
Sustainability Meets Security
To address these concerns, the Coalition for American Electronics Recyclers is calling on Congress to enact responsible electronics recycling policies that would require domestic recycling of untested, nonworking e-waste. These policies are embodied in the Secure E-waste Export and Recycling Act (SEERA).
Additional Benefits of Responsible Recycling
Create more than 42,000 new jobswith nearly a billion dollars in annual payroll
Enable American e-recyclers to attract investment,and expand capacity
Grow exports of tested, working electronics and commodity-grade material
Close security gaps that have led to data breaches, identity theft, and cybercrime
Join CAER to Support Responsible Exports
Are you an American electronics recycling business that supports this important cause? Visit our Membership page to learn how you can join CAER at no charge.