Responsible Electronics Recycling Act, to ban overseas dumping of US ewaste, introduced in Congress


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Dirt poor Chinese children don't have lobbyists.
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries does.

http://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/lobby.php?id=D000026625

Industry may have also come to the conclusion that the stuff they consider "junk" is now approaching "valuable" as certain commodities become rarer.

From http://io9.com/5923957/theres-21-billion-hiding-in-our-junk-computers-and-electronics

"There's gold in them thar circuits! And silver. And palladium,
copper, tin, and more. In fact, according to a report from the United
Nations University, there's some $21 billion in precious metals in
every year of our current e-waste, of which only 15% is being
recovered."


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Well that is about time. I believe plenty of companies simply "gift" piles of "working" computers to the 3rd world to get around similar EU laws though.

I hope some strict enforcement takes place.


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