NEW YORK The Coalition for American Electronics Recyclers (CAER) has praised a group of Silicon Valley businesses for endorsing a federal bill that would significantly restrict exports of electronic waste.
The Responsible Electronics Recycling Act, introduced in Congress in July, would prohibit exports of untested, non-working electronic scrap.
The Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG) this month wrote a letter to Rep. Gene Green (D., Texas), the bills primary sponsor, supporting the legislation. The San Jose, Calif.-based group, which represents more than 375 Silicon Valley businesses, called the law "a jobs bill that would create more jobs in the U.S. through the processing of used electronic products in safe ways, in the process giving a boost to small business recyclers."
CAER has commended SVLGs endorsement, citing the bills reputed benefit of job creation as a "top priority" for CAER. "SVLGs endorsement further highlights the business communitys support for (the bill) as common-sense reform that will ensure electronic waste is responsibly recycled within our borders," CAER steering committee member David Zimet said in a statement. "As a result, American businesses will be able to attract the investment they need to expand and create jobs."
CAER consists of more than 120 electronics recyclers operating 273 facilities in 35 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Editor''s note: This story was updated Oct. 25th. Due to a reporting error, the article previously misstated the type of electronic scrap that the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act (RERA) would prohibit. Only untested, non-working electronic scrap is covered under the RERA.