FEBRUARY 2012

Sims joins coalition limiting toxic e-waste exports

ECS Refining announced that the Coalition For American Electronics Recycling (CAER) has added a substantial partner – Sims Recycling Solutions to the industry effort to support federal legislation that will restrict export of toxic electronic waste (e-waste) from the United States.

With the addition of Sims Recycling Solutions, CAER now includes 34 companies involved in all aspects of the domestic electronics recycling and disposition industry (ITAD), with operations in 31 states as well as the District of Columbia. Alliance members of CAER also supporting the legislation include Hewlett Packard, Dell, Apple, Samsung, Best Buy and LG Electronics.

The Responsible Electronics Recycling Act (HR 2284/SB1270) would restrict toxic e-waste exports to developing countries that lack adequate safeguards for the environment and workers.

CAER’s emergence represents a major split in the recycling industry regarding e-waste exports. The industry’s primary trade association, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), has long opposed restrictions on e-waste exports. By joining CAER (some of which are also ISRI members), ISRI members are breaking with the trade association’s position and taking a stand in support of export restrictions of whole electronic products which will result in the creation of jobs and better protection of the environment.

“Unrestricted and unfair trade in electronic scrap with developing countries has thwarted the job growth that can come with a robust domestic recycling infrastructure,” said CAER steering committee member David Zimet, president of Hesstech. “The Responsible Electronics Recycling Act will enable American recyclers to make new investments in facilities and enough staff and personnel necessary to legitimize and grow an American industry and position America as a leader in global markets.