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
Electronics Recycling Act, introduced in Congress in July,
would prohibit exports of untested, non-working electronic
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
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.