National Guidelines Recommended for E-Waste Recycling
The United States is among the world’s leading producers of computers and electronic goods, but it is one of the few countries among industrial nations that does not have national electronic waste regulations.
“That’s in contrast to the European Union and we need it,” said Allen Hershkowitz told The Epoch Times. Hershkowitz is a senior scientist and specialist on waste management at the National Resource and Defense Council.
Electronic waste includes computers, laptops, printers, televisions, flat screens, and mobile phones. The United States is not only a big producer, but also a big consumer and, accordingly, disposer of electronic goods.
Americans discard around 200,000 computers a day, said Hershkowitz, and it is estimated that the United States produces around 50 million tons of waste a year.
While roughly 30 percent is accounted for, Hershkowitz says no one really knows where the rest is going.
Source: The Epoch Times
By Shar Adams