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HP Supports the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act

HP today joined members of Congress in supporting the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act of 2011, U.S. legislation that will prohibit the export of e-waste from the United States to developing nations.


Ashley Watson, vice president and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer for HP, joined sponsors Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) and Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) in urging passage of the legislation.


“As an industry leader in product lifecycle improvements, HP does not allow the export of e-waste from developed countries to developing countries. We support the work of Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) and Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) to pass the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act, and we encourage other companies to join the effort and promote responsible recycling,” said Watson.  


“Each year, millions of tons of electronics equipment are discarded in the U.S. and shipped to developing nations for unsafe salvage and recovery,” said Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA), one of the bill’s sponsors. “By carefully regulating the export of e-waste, this bipartisan legislation takes concrete steps to address a growing environmental and health crisis while creating good-paying recycling jobs here in the U.S.”


Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) not only highlighted the bill’s accomplishments, he also recognized HP for its recycling practices.


“This bill accomplishes two things: first, it prevents hazardous material from being shipped where it will be mishandled and cause health and environmental damage; and second, it is a green jobs bill and will create work here in the U.S., processing these used products in safe ways. I applaud HP for leading on this issue and its responsible recycling,” Green said.


Barbara Kyle, National Coordinator of the Electronics TakeBack Coalition, also advocated for the legislation’s passage.


“This is the most important step our federal government can take to solve the e-waste problem – to close the door on e-waste dumping on developing countries,” she said.


HP has a long-standing commitment to responsibly manage end-of-life products and our ban on the export of e-waste materials has been in place since 2004. 


Read about HP's e-waste export policy.

rohini(anon) | ‎07-05-2011 12:36 PM

it was realy wonderful blog..!

Samsamsam999(anon) | ‎07-06-2011 10:01 PM

Great blog,

It makes complete sense to recycle computer components, and I think it's important to get the message out that it can be done cheaply and affordably. The planet depends on it!

shredding Dallas(anon) | ‎08-05-2011 10:27 AM

Awareness is the key to be able to inspire others and show them that we can conserve our natural resources and still be chic. With technology, electronic gadgets have emerged and with new models being released, we have to think about how to properly dispose of our old ones and not just throw them in the bin because it might be hazardous.

Haul it Louisville Guy(anon) | ‎08-22-2011 12:15 AM

Thanks for the info. The media never talks about these important issues. I saw a video of a plant in China burning electronic waste and I was appalled. Please keep posting this kind of valuable information.

darllc(anon) | ‎10-14-2011 03:23 PM

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darllc(anon) | ‎10-14-2011 03:24 PM

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