Tell Congress to Stop Global E-Waste Dumping
Congress has just introduced a bill in the House and the Senate that would stop "recyclers" in the U.S. from dumping e-waste in developing countries. Please take a minute to send an email to encourage your members of Congress to support the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act of 2011, HR 2284/S1270. (Or send a thank-you email if they are already co-sponsors of the bill.)
The problem is that most "recyclers" in the U.S. don't really recycle our old electronics. Instead, they ship them by the container load to developing nations, like China, India, Ghana, and Nigeria. There, the toxics inside these products cause great harm, contaminating air and water, and exposing workers and communities to horrible, harmful chemicals.
We need to stop dumping our toxic products on these countries. We have recyclers here who can process these products without resorting to that kind of practice. Plus, in passing the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act of 2011, Congress will bring some jobs back to the U.S. - in disassembly and repairs of old electronics.
You can learn more about the bill specifics on our federal legislation page.
Please use our online tool below to let your Congressmembers know that taking action to stop e-waste exporting is the most important thing Congress can do to solve the e-waste problem. We have drafted a sample letter to send, but please feel free to modify it if you prefer.