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.
“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.