A new study, released today, shows that a federal e-waste export bill could create up to 42,000 American jobs — a shot in the arm for the economy, and good news for the environment.
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From Eco-Business: To alleviate suspicions of greenwashing, or the phenomenon of companies deceptively promoting themselves as environmentally-friendly in order to win over consumers, governments must look into ways to accreditate the CSR efforts of businesses.
To avoid contributing to this irresponsible practice, use a recycler that is part of the “e-Steward” network, meaning they don’t export to places like Pakistan or China, and they follow other high standards.
From Computerworld: “There may also be private recyclers near where you live … it’s difficult for you to know whether they will recycle the electronics responsibly. A good place to find one is through e-Stewards, which sets high standards for electronics recyclers and certifies those that meet those standards”
From artstechnica: The global manufacturing of electric and electronic devices requires a total of $21 billion in gold and silver every year, yet less than 15 percent of these valuable metals are recovered from electronic waste, according to representatives at the UN-backed initiative, Solving the E-waste Problem (StEP).