Federal legislation that would restrict US exports of Electronic Waste, or E-waste, to developing countries could create up to 42,000 domestic jobs if enacted, according to a new study commissioned by the Coalition for American Electronics Recycling.
The study, conducted by Windsor Vt.-based DSM Environmental Services Inc., found that processing electronic waste domestically instead of exporting it could directly create 21,000 jobs, with an additional 21,000 to be created indirectly.
CAER’s findings hinge on the passing of the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act, which would restrict exports of electronic waste. The bill was introduced in the previous session of Congress but wasn’t enacted. It is scheduled for reintroduction in the upcoming session.