SWANA policy favors export ban to developing countries
By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has announced new positions on the handling of e-scrap – including a stance on the controversial issue of exporting used electronics.
SWANA's officially adopted policy states that material should not be sent to "facilities that do not comply with standards for worker safety and public health and the environment, and to countries that do not have regulatory programs to enforce such standards" – a position seemingly in line with that of the Coalition for American Electronics Recycling, which seeks to prohibit the export of electronic scrap to non-OECD countries.
The association, whose membership is primarily local government solid waste managers, also calls for governments at the local and federal level to make recycling options more available to households and businesses. The policy also calls on the federal government to ensure that options are available at all departments and agencies. Additionally, it states that collection and recycling infrastructure must be in place before bans or restrictions on the disposal of e-scrap are enacted.