This past November, unbeknownst to many, the U.S. celebrated America Recycles Day. President Obama marked the occasion by lauding the great strides the nation has taken in improving recycling efforts, while at the same highlighting the need for greater attention in addressing electronic waste (e-waste).
Towards that end, a special task force composed of representatives from the Council on Environmental Quality, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the General Services Administration has been formed under the Executive Order on Federal Sustainability, with a mission to help the federal government lead by example in responsibly recycling its used electronics.
This interagency task force will work to develop a national strategy for responsible electronics stewardship as well as to develop improvements to federal procedures for used electronics. The goal is to ensure that the government’s prodigious e-waste generated annually–including old cell phones and computers containing hazardous materials–are collected for responsible recycling (and are not exported to developing nations with questionable disposal and salvage practices).
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