Ensuring Responsible E-waste Recycling
The Secure E-waste Export and Recycling Act (SEERA)
The Secure E-waste Export and Recycling Act (SEERA) will address the environmental and security issues that e-waste exports create. SEERA will restrict export of untested, non-working electronic scrap that too often ends up in the developing countries where it fuels counterfeiting and damages the environment. By requiring domestic processing of America’s e-scrap, we will ensure it is processed to high standards that protect the environment and workers.
Equally important, we will choke off the flow of exports that fuel an illicit counterfeit trade that undermines the reliability of essential technology used in everything from military hardware and critical infrastructure to healthcare technology and airbags.
Read a more detailed bill summary of how SEERA works. .
Addressing Myths About SEERA
MYTH: SEERA does not comply with international trade laws.FACT: The approach embodied in SEERA conforms to OECD standards and parallels the Basel Convention, a treaty ratified by 180 countries including many WTO members. Nearly every country around the world is party to this treaty that restricts exports of hazardous non-working e-waste to developing countries. As a result, it’s difficult to foresee any country filing a WTO objection. MYTH: SEERA isn't needed because only a small amount of e-waste is exported. FACT: A 2016 study by the Basel Action Network (BAN) placed GPS trackers in old electronics and determined that about 40 percent of U.S. e-waste is exported with 93 percent going to the developing world. The United States generated a total of 6.9 million tons of e-waste. Based on the BAN study, more than 2.5 million tons of e-waste were exported to developing countries in 2016.