06 Jul '11, 4pm

A bipartisan bill introduced in Congress looks to ban toxic e-waste exports from the US

A bipartisan bill introduced in Congress looks to ban toxic e-waste exports from the US

Workers in Ghana dismantle electronics to recover the precious metals. Photo: © 2009, Basel Action Network (BAN) It’s the dark side of electronic recycling: The old computer you drop off at a local recycling event may end up in a developing country with lax environmental and safety laws. Once abroad, impoverished workers – and sometimes children – use their bare hands to harvest the e-waste’s precious metals, exposing themselves and the local environment to toxic chemicals. Reps. Gene Green, D-Texas, and Mike Thompson, D-Calif., hope to put an end to this practice, introducing a bill to the House of Representatives late last month that would ban the export of certain electronic waste containing toxic materials. READ: E-Cycling May Pose Major Health Risks Under the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act, e-waste prohibited from export would include equipment containing catho...

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