More legislators attach names to U.S. e-scrap bill
By Jake Thomas, Resource Recycling
More members of Congress have signed on as co-sponsors of a bill that would restrict the export of e-scrap to developing countries.
Last year, a handful of members of Congress introduced the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act. The number of co-sponsors has since grown to 23 for the House version of the legislation and four for the Senate's version. Most recently, Democratic senators Chris Coons and Kirsten Gillibrand, from Delaware and New York respectively, joined representatives Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Bill Shuster (R-Pennsylvania), Jackie Speier (D-California) and Don Young (R-Alaska) in attaching their names to the bi-partisan list of sponsors.
The Coalition for American Electronics Recycling, a group of companies supporting the legislation, says that it has grown to 72 members that operate more than 131 facilities in more than 33 states, as well as the District of Columbia.