Commerce Department Issues Report on Recycling Electronic Products
Federal Study Moves Toward Consensus on Managing Discarded Electronics
Press Release from the Technology Administration, July 18, 2006
Under Secretary of Commerce for Technology Robert Cresanti today released a new, comprehensive report titled, "Recycling Technology Products: An Overview of E-Waste Policy Issues," that highlights diverse issues facing manufacturers, retailers, recyclers, environmental organizations and others as they adopt policies and practices to manage discarded electronics. The report also identifies possible areas of consensus among industry and other stakeholders on managing discarded electronics.
Speaking to the Institute for Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc., (ISRI) governance meeting in Washington, D.C., Cresanti highlighted the importance of the issue and the potential benefits if managed properly.
"Federally, we're committed to help fashion a balanced, equitable solution so that we can not only preserve our environment but also our nation's economic strength for our children," said Cresanti. "Removing unnecessary burdens from the technology sector in order to enable them to compete in today's global market remains critical for the industry and our nation."
Cresanti also pointed out that:
"We hope this report will help policymakers and legislators to make well-informed decisions and assist them in developing a common-sense approach to the e-recycling challenge - one that provides certainty, consistency, and clarity for consumers, governments and all stakeholders," added Cresanti.
The report presents stakeholder recommendations for an electronics recycling system including:
The report, an executive summary and the Under Secretary' remarks are available at the Technology Administration's Web site, http://www.technology.gov.