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New e-scrap export policy at ISRI

Archiv – United States | The US Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has approved a new and ’aggressive’ e-scrap export policy designed to protect health, the environment and worker safety.
The ’forward-looking’ policy represents a safe, responsible and legal framework for electronics recycling both at home and abroad, according to ISRI’s President Robin Wiener.
United States | The US Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has approved a new and ’aggressive’ e-scrap export policy designed to protect health, the environment and worker safety.
The ’forward-looking’ policy represents a safe, responsible and legal framework for electronics recycling both at home and abroad, according to ISRI’s President Robin Wiener. ’Among other provisions, the policy bans the export of electronic equipment and components for landfilling 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.’
However, the Basel Action Network (BAN) toxic trade watchdog has denounced the new policy as ’greenwash’, claiming that it fails to reference or even take note of the Basel Convention. It is impossible for developing countries to manage toxic waste safely, BAN adds, given that they lack the societal resources, infrastructure and safety nets to mitigate the impacts of toxic waste processing. ’Dumping toxic, problematic wastes on developing countries is an easy way to make money, and the US scrap industry seems hell-bent on perpetuating that practice even when it has been globally outlawed,’ says Executive Director Jim Puckett.

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