Xstrata Copper, CloudBlue join CAER

Xstrata Copper, CloudBlue join CAER

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Xstrata Copper and CloudBlue Technologies, Inc. have both joined the Coalition for American Electronics Recycling, throwing their weight behind a push for national e-scrap legislation.

CAER, which was formed in 2011 to advance the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act, has attracted 94 member companies and organizations, including Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries members Electronic Recyclers International, Sims Recycling Solutions, Waste Management Recycle America and others. ISRI member Xstrata Copper employs over 20,000 workers as the world's fourth-largest copper producer and joins CAER as a steering committee member. CloudBlue, which is both R2 and e-Stewards certified, operates 17 processing and logistics centers in the U.S. and partners with over two dozen processing facilities throughout the world.

Despite overlapping memberships and similar issues of importance, CAER and ISRI have found themselves at loggerheads over the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act. ISRI has lobbied against its passage, arguing that the legislation is not consistent with U.S. and international trade laws, and furthermore, that responsible processing of electronics is facility-specific, not country-specific.

While the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act failed to gain traction in the previous Congress, sources say it will soon be reintroduced in the current session and CAER is optimistic about its prospects.

"The addition of industry leaders CloudBlue and Xstrata Copper shows that momentum continues to build for responsible trade policies that create jobs and promote investment," said Hesstech president and CAER steering committee member David Zimet. "In 2012, we were able to generate bipartisan support on Capitol Hill, and we look forward to building on that success in the 113th Congress."

The bill would prevent many used electronics from being sent to developing countries unless they were found to be in working condition.

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