E-scrap export debate heats up

May 31, 2013 | 06:22 PM | Sean Davidson

Tags  scrap, e-cycling, CAER, ISRI, electronics, John Dunham & Associates, John Dunham, Paul Vetter Coalition for American Electronics Recycling

NEW YORK — A fresh analysis of a proposed ban on electronic scrap exports has reignited a bitter dispute between two e-cycling industry groups.

In a brief report released May 29 by the Institute for Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Brooklyn, N.Y.-based research firm John Dunham & Associates Inc. criticized an earlier report from the Coalition for American Electronics Recycling (CAER) titled "Jobs Through Electronics Recycling."

The CAER report, which had been released in January, endorsed a ban on the export of certain types of electronic scrap and pointed to a survey of its members to provide indicators on how such a move could improve the economy (amm.com, Feb. 6).

ISRI has long opposed an export ban, with the groups disputing the proper resolution of the issue.

If exports of electronic scrap are banned, "the companies that make up the CAER would benefit, but only at the expense of the existing export industry, the American consumer and the environment," John Dunham, president of the research company, claimed in the report.....

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