Earlier this month, the Coalition for American Electronics Recycling (CAER) proposed the Secure E-waste Export and Recycling Act (SEERA). SEERA aims to provide framework regarding the exportation of electronics to prevent the circulation of counterfeited goods.
The main reasoning behind SEERA’s adversity towards counterfeit electronics is the correlation between counterfeiting and a threat towards national security. While counterfeit electronics have been a threat to national security in the past, there is legislation already in action that establishes a reliable supply chain for used electronics parts that prevents these issues.
In an article for Resource Recycling, contributing author Adam Minter explains his opinion of why arguing about counterfeiting is counterproductive to the repair industry. Minter explains what kind of environmental benefit there may be in overseas repair and other ways to support the U.S. recycling industry, such as “Right to Repair” bills.
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