Protecting the Environment
Lack of U.S. Policy Threatens Developing Countries
Yet American e-waste is often exported to developing countries where laws protecting the environment and workers are weak and rarely enforced. The pressure to cut corners is fierce, and corruption is mainstream.
Industry Standards Are Important - But Not Enough
But under current law it is easy for unscrupulous brokers to promise customers responsible recycling but then “pack and stack” the e-waste onto ships bound for developing countries that lack safeguards. It’s a highly profitable business model that poisons the land, air and water in impoverished communities.