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