Obama Administration Plans for Greener Electronics
A federal interagency task force is attempting to address these issues with a strategy designed to increase the environmental sustainability of the entire life cycle of electronic devices. Key recommendations of the “National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship,” released in July 2011, include offering incentive programs for the development of more efficient electronic products; instructing government agencies to buy, use, reuse, and recycle electronics responsibly; and creating more recycling options for consumers.
The strategy also recommends an increase in stewardship in developing countries, where many used electronic devices are sold cheaply. These electronics are often recycled by people living in or near dumps and working as scavengers, collecting and breaking down electronics into recyclable components.
According to the interagency task force, the strategy will not only protect public health and the environment but will also create new jobs in electronics recycling. For more information, see.
Published August 30, 2011