21 Sep '12, 4pm

EPA's New E-Waste Program Has Good Points, But Still Fails In One Major Area

Yesterday, the EPA announced a new program that aims to tackle the growing e-waste problem in the country. The "Sustainable Materials Management Electronic Challenge" encourages electronics companies to take back or recycle more of their products through certified recyclers. There are lots of good points to this new program. It's a volunteer program where companies can join at three different levels: bronze, silver or gold. At the bronze level, companies commit to collect and send less than 50 percent of their e-waste (by weight) to certified recyclers annually. At silver, companies commit to sending 50 to 95 percent and at gold, companies are required to send 96 to 100 percent to certified recyclers . The program covers all collection streams including e-waste generated by the business itself and when companies join they must publicly report on collection volumes, collect...

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