NEW YORK Federal legislation that would restrict U.S. exports of electronic waste to developing countries could create up to 42,000 domestic jobs if enacted, according to a new study commissioned by the Coalition for American Electronics Recycling (CAER).
The study, conducted by Windsor Vt.-based DSM Environmental Services Inc., found that processing electronic waste domestically instead of exporting it could directly create 21,000 jobs, with an additional 21,000 to be created indirectly.
"The study further documents how growing an industry with the capacity to manage the volume of e-waste generated within our borders could create tens of thousands of good-paying American jobs by promoting investment in our domestic infrastructure," Steve Skurnac, a CAER committee member and president of Sims Recycling Solutions Americas, said in a statement.
CAERs findings hinge on the passing of the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act, which would restrict exports of electronic waste. The bill was introduced in the previous session of Congress but wasnt enacted. It is scheduled for reintroduction in the upcoming session of Congress.
"In the U.S., we generate mountains of electronic waste each year," Jim Puckett, executive director of the Seattle-based Basel Action Network (BAN), a global toxic trade watchdog, said in a statement. "For more than a decade, we have been guilty of outsourcing thousands of legitimate American recycling jobs while poisoning the worlds poorest laborers in Asia and Africa. Its time to say that enough is enough to this lose-lose proposition."