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Posted May 2nd, 2011

Environmentally Sound Reuse & Recycling

About a month ago, the United States Government Accountability Office released a report to the Chairman, Committee on Science and Technology, House of Representatives concerning Electronic Waste. Specifically, this report provided insight on Considerations for Promoting Environmentally Sound Reuse and Recycling.

“The GAO examined (1) EPA’s efforts to facilitate environmentally sound used electronics management, (2) the views of various stakeholders on the state-by-state approach, and (3) considerations to further promote environmentally sound management. GAO review-ed EPA documents, interviewed EPA officials, and interviewed stakeholders in five states with electronics recycling legislation.”

The report contains recommendations to the EPA to (1) examine how EPA’s partnership programs could be improved to contribute more effectively to used electronics management and (2) work with other federal agencies to finalize a legislative proposal on ratification of the Basel Convention for congressional consideration. EPA agreed with the recommendations.

Read the full GAO report

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