NEW YORK More
than 90 percent of used electronics collected for recycling in
the United States remains in the country for processing,
according to a recent study.
Institute of Technology Materials Systems Laboratory and the
U.S. National Center for Electronics Recycling found that only
8.5 percent of electronic units collected for recycling in the
United States is exported.
The Institute of Scrap
Recycling Industries (ISRI) said the study provides
"irrefutable evidence that used electronic products are being
reused and recycled in America, and not dumped into
developing countries as proponents of export controls have
argued for years."
Environmental Protection Agency estimates that only 25 percent
of eligible used household electronics products is being
collected for recycling.
"Figuring out a way to
pull that remaining 75 percent out of the basements and garages
of homes throughout America, as well as preventing the material
from being disposed of in landfills, provides the largest
opportunity for increasing the recycling of used electronics in
the U.S., and thus increasing jobs in the domestic electronics
recycling industry," ISRI president Robin Wiener said in a