Electronic Waste Recycling Bill Clears Panel
The Electronic Device Recycling Research and Development Act would make grants available for research, development and demonstration projects for electronic device recycling, reuse and refurbishment.Legislation that would promote R&D programs to improve electronic equipment recycling and reduce the use of hazardous materials in electronics passed the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Dec. 10. The Electronic Device Recycling Research and Development Act aims to provide research grants to address hazardous e-waste. Many electronic devices contain hazardous substances such as lead and cadmium, which can seep into soil and water and shouldn't be dumped into landfills. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that Americans generated 2.9 tons of e-waste in 2006. The volume of e-waste is expected to increase in the coming years as more Americans get rid of their old televisions in the wake of the transition to digital television.
According to the EPA, only about 15 percent of discarded electronic devices in the United States are recycled.