Bad news on the national front as the chair of Environment and the Economy subcommittee said a federal bill to limit ewaste exports will not be taken up in the current Congress.
Resource Recycling reports that Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) addressed the Institute of the Scrap Recycling Industries and stated the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act (RERA) was not on his subcommittee's agenda, a bad sign that the legislation will not make its way to a vote.
The measure would have prohibited U.S. recyclers from dumping electronic waste on developing countries and promote recycling jobs at home. The Congressman cited export statistics have not shown such legislation to be necessary even though a study has shown the bill could create 42,000 jobs in America.
However, a large coalition of recyclers with over 100 companies called CAER – the Coalition for American Electronics Recycling, is in support of RERA and has responded to Shimkus' recent statements with "On behalf of our members across the country, we are simply asking for a Congressional hearing where we can have a balanced and thoughtful exchange on the merits of RERA."