ISRI responded to a Huffington Post article that reported on the latest effort of activist groups to ban exports of used electronics.
ISRI reminded readers that over the past several
years there has been irrefutable reports that acknowledge the tremendous
success that the U.S. electronics recycling industry has shown over the past
ten years. Indeed, the vast majority of usedelectronics products are collected and recycled here at home. At the same
time as the U.S. market has matured, there has even a dramatic increase of used
products generated in developing countries, such as China and India, in a
dramatic fashion. As such, there is a major need to increase capacity building
and sharing of best environmental and safety practices with countries
experiencing this dramatic rise of used electronics products. The Obama
administration has put forward a number of concrete steps to achieve these goals.
The President established the Interagency Task Force on Electronics Stewardship
that produced a comprehensive National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship. ISRI applauded
the President's leadership on this strategy and continues to work with the interagency
task force to further improve market conditions for recyclers not only in the
U.S but throughout the world. These are the steps necessary to ensure
sustainable electronics recycling, not an export ban. For more information
about this issue and electronics recycling at ISRI, please contact Eric Harris and Billy Johnson.