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ISRI board adopts e-waste export policy

Archiv – United States | The board of Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) in the United States, says it lays out a roadmap addressing the growing problem of the improper export of end-of-life electronic scrap from the United States.The Board of Directors of the US association signalled that ISRI members are behind efforts to stem possible health and environmental hazards that occur when e-scrap is not exported responsibly.United States | The board of Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) in the United States, says it lays out a roadmap addressing the growing problem of the improper export of end-of-life electronic scrap from the United States.The Board of Directors of the US association signalled that ISRI members are behind efforts to stem possible health and environmental hazards that occur when e-scrap is not exported responsibly.
ISRI President Robin Wiener: ’Among other provisions, the policy bans the export of electronic equipment and components for land-filling or incineration for disposal and requires that facilities outside the US that recycle or refurbish electronics have a documented, verifiable environmental, health and worker safety system in place.’
The ISRI Board’s decision reinforces environmental, health and worker safety standards that closely track the EPA’s Responsible Recycling (R2) program. The R2 program was finalised in 2008 to create and adopt safe and effective policies for electronics recycling in the US and abroad.
Career professionals at the EPA, several state governments (including Minnesota and Washington), OEMs, electronic recyclers and trade associations including ISRI and ITIC sat down in 2006 to begin work on these standards. Additionally, these standards were tested in the field to ensure that companies who were awarded the certification had to meet tough benchmarks.
The guidelines are used by accrediting organizations like the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) to certify that companies are complying with health, worker safety and environmental laws.
Robin Wiener: This policy requires that facilities outside the United States that recycle or refurbish electronics have a documented environmental, health and worker safety system that can be verified; requires a business record-keeping system to document compliance with all legal requirements; requires that any facility must be capable of handling hazardous waste; and ensures that US exporters can confirm a facility they export to is in compliance with the law.’
ISRI Director of Government and International Affairs Eric Harris notes that the newly adopted policy includes provisions that will address actual problems in recycling facilities throughout the world rather than requiring a total trade ban on the export of electronic scrap as the only viable way to deal with irresponsible recycling outside of the United States.
’The policy adopted today by the ISRI Board of Directors embodies the most environmentally sustainable and realistic approach to electronic scrap recycling,’ Wiener adds. ’This is a responsible, safe and legal approach to electronics recycling that protects worker health and safety, as well as ensuring environmentally sustainable practices that can actually deal with this global issue.’

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