Congress Contemplates E-Waste Requirements

Lora Bentley

Members of the U.S. House Committee on Science and Technology are working on e-waste legislation, according to CNET News. The bill would fund not only research and development around how to make e-waste recycling and disposal simpler for consumers, it would also fund higher education programs on e-waste management.


Writer Stephanie Condon indicates committee members themselves are uncomfortable with disposing of their personal e-waste, but they're also frustrated that old PCs that have outlived their usefulness to the government are not meaningfully recycled or reused. They are "scrubbed of information" and given to the General Services Administration. Moreover, she says, "Congressmen are prohibited from selling the computers to staffers, donating them or doing anything else with them."


Rep. Brian Baird (D-Wash.) calls the restrictions "ludicrous."


One goal of the legislation under consideration would be to fund research into new computer designs that would use more sustainable or easily recyclable materials.

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