A new bill has been proposed by the Coalition for American Electronics Recycling (CAER) as an effort to introduce extended guidelines for e-scrap exports and bring attention to the dangers of counterfeit material.
This bill, tentatively named the Secure E-Waste Export and Recycling Act (SEERA), is the second recent attempt at establishing legislation to control e-scrap exports. The Responsible Electronics Recycling Act (RERA) called for a ban on e-waste exports to developing countries, but was unsuccessful in gaining lawmakers’ attention.
If instated, SEERA would forbid exports of non-tested, unused devices, and permit export of tested, working electronics and properly dismantled devices intended for recycling efforts overseas. One of SEERA’s major focuses is the correlation between exporte e-scrap and counterfeited goods that have been indicated to be of risk to national security.
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) strongly opposed RERA, but issued a statement regarding SEERA.
“As with any issue facing the recycling industry, ISRI will carefully analyze any legislation introduced in Congress,” the statement said. “As of now this proposal is merely at a conceptual stage.”
SEERA remains in the draft stage of development and the industry will wait to see if CAER’s efforts come to fruition within the coming months.