The volunteer program encourages businesses to take back and recycle old electronics, but it's not quite enough.
Yesterday, the EPA announced a new program that aims to tackle the growing e-waste problem in the country. The "Sustainable Materials Management Electronic Challenge" encourages electronics companies to take back or recycle more of their products through certified recyclers.
There are lots of good points to this new program. It's a volunteer program where companies can join at three different levels: bronze, silver or gold. At the bronze level, companies commit to collect and send less than 50 percent of their e-waste (by weight) to certified recyclers annually. At silver, companies commit to sending 50 to 95 percent and at gold, companies are required to send 96 to 100 percent to certified recyclers. ...
But we are very disappointed that the EPA has basically ignored one of the biggest problems in the recycling industry – the fact that so many recyclers export at least some categories of e-waste to developing countries.