Recovered plastic, including material from end-of-life electronics, has largely stopped flowing from the U.S. into India, which until recently has been among the top importers of scrap plastics.
The U.S. Department of Commerce has decided not to pursue regulations restricting some e-scrap exports, according to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI).
Federal regulators are asking countries that are major buyers of U.S. scrap plastic to refrain from implementing new trade restrictions laid out in the Basel Convention, a treaty covering global scrap material shipments.
A handful of electronics recycling stakeholders weighed in on a federal proposal to ban certain e-scrap exports and require stringent tracking for others. Their comments were published this week.
For two years, media outlets around the globe have covered China’s National Sword recyclables import restrictions. Now, China is threatening to wield its trade sword for a different purpose: cutting off rare earth exports to the U.S.
The owners of e-scrap processor Total Reclaim have been sentenced to 28 months in prison after pleading guilty to federal charges related to their export of LCD devices to Hong Kong.
The Basel Action Network exports watchdog group and Canadian e-scrap company Electronic Recycling Association have ended their legal battle, shortly after a judge tossed out some of the processor’s claims.