Pres. Obama calls for better e-scrap management
President Barack Obama used the occasion of America Recycles Day to call attention to the growing problem of improper e-scrap management. In a proclamation issued November 15th, President Obama pointed to recent initiatives to address how the federal government handles the mounds of obsolete electronics it produces each year.
Last month, the Obama administration established an interagency task force composed of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) to produce a national strategy for electronics stewardship for the federal government, which is expected to be ready around March.
An Oct. 22 letter from Nancy H. Sutley, the chair of the CEQ, to the heads of the EPA and GSA sets out the parameters of the task force – to produce a framework for the disposal of used electronics for the federal government that builds partnerships in the public and private sectors, while coming up with a plan to reduce exports of e-waste to developing countries that lack capacity to properly manage them.
Additionally, it also calls on the task force to “build capacity within and share best practices with developing countries, so they can improve their ability to safely handle used electronics, while promoting economic development.”
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