From the smartphone in your pocket to the PC on your desk and beyond, technology constantly grows more pervasive in every area of our lives. But all those devices have a limited lifespan. As a result, electronic waste (e-waste) is the fastest-growing segment of the waste stream in the U.S. and globally.
E-waste contains toxic materials such as lead, PCBs, mercury and more. Responsible recycling methods are essential to protecting the environment and the health of workers.
Industry Standards Are Important - But Not Enough
Yet American e-waste is often exported for cheap recycling in developing countries. As a result, while Americans believe their e-waste is responsibly recycled, it is in fact processed in primitive conditions that harm the environment and workers.
The U.S. is the only developed country that allows unrestricted exports of these hazardous materials. New policies are needed to prevent certain e-waste exports that contribute to serious global problems.
The Need for Legislation
The Secure E-waste Export and Recycling Act (SEERA) will require domestic recycling of untested, nonworking e-scrap to end these toxic exports. Learn More