06 Jul '11, 11am

How E-Waste Fits Into the Agenda in D.C., Texas and California

How E-Waste Fits Into the Agenda in D.C., Texas and California

Electronic waste is going through one of its semi-annual resurgences . Last time the issue popped up this prominently was due to risks that e-waste post to business operations, but this time around, there has been a slew of policy moves that push e-waste to center stage. Moves at the federal, national and local level in the last couple weeks has shown the many ways that governments are trying to take control of the e-waste issue. To briefly recap: Americans -- and all other industrialized or post-industrialized nations -- buy a lot of gadgets (500 million in 2008 alone , per the Consumer Electronics Association [PDF]). And those new gadgets replace old gadgets, that either work or don't. If we're good, we recycle them; if we're bad, we throw them away. Neither option is good for people or the planet . The only federal law on the books governs the export of cathode-ray tele...

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