Technology Conservation Group, Inc. is the latest organization to join the Coalition for American Electronics Recycling. CAER was formed to lobby for the passage of comprehensive electronics recycling legislation in the U.S. and includes approximately 100 member companies and organizations.
Electronic Recyclers International is partnering with Girl Up, a United Nations Foundation program, to recover "gently-used electronics," with profits from resale going to the campaign which seeks to help at-risk adolescent girls around the world. The first ERI/Girl Up e-scrap collection event in New York City resulted in a $10,000 donation for Girl Up.
The Texas Campaign for the Environment crashed Walmart's annual shareholder meeting in Fayetteville, Arkansas, urging the retail leviathan to adopt an electronics take-back program at its stores. The group cited Best Buy and Staples as examples of retailers offering the recycling service. "We are confident that they won't ignore their customers forever, but every day that they fail to act thousands of pounds of toxic electronic waste ends up in our land," said Robin Schneider, executive director of TCE. "Companies who care about these problems act to solve them. We're still waiting on Walmart."
Rising consumer electronics consumption in the Asia-Pacific region will feed the e-scrap recycling industry for years to come, according to analysis from Frost & Sullivan. The company says that the Asia-Pacific e-scrap recycling market in 2012 was worth $1.85 billion in 2012, a figure that Frost & Sullivan expects to reach $4.01 billion in 2017.