End the Export of Toxic E-Waste to Developing Nations
  • Petitioned Senator Jeff Bingaman

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Chairman, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
Senator Jeff Bingaman
Chairman, House Energy and Commerce Committee
Congressman Fred Upton
Ranking Member, House Energy and Commerce Committee
Congressman Henry Waxman
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
Sen. Lisa Murkowski

End the Export of Toxic E-Waste to Developing Nations

    1. Sponsored by

      Nonprofit Technology Network

What do you do with your old electronics?

For too many Americans, the answer involves dumping our computers, televisions and mobile phones in the trash. Our e-waste piles up in landfills and gets burned in incinerators, despite the fact that most electronics contain toxic substances that can seep into groundwater or emit poisonous fumes.

Even if you think you're getting rid of your electronics responsibly through an electronics recycler, there's no guarantee your goods are being disposed of properly.

Most electronics "recyclers" here in the U.S. don't really recycle at all. Instead, they ship containers full of our e-waste to developing countries like China, India, and Nigeria.

Our electronics end up piled high in dumps, where some of the world's poorest people -- including many poor children -- disassemble them to remove chips for reuse and extract precious metals for profit. The workers use unsafe methods like acid stripping and burning, both of which release dangerous toxins into the air, and they do this work without protective equipment.

We need to stop dumping our electronics into overflowing U.S. dumps, but passing our trash onto developing nations and unprotected workers isn't the way to do it.

In 2010, Representatives Gene Green (D-TX) and Mike Thompson (D-CA) introduced H.R. 6252, a bill that would have made it illegal for U.S. electronics recyclers to send toxic e-waste to developing nations. The bill didn't make it out of committee in the 111th Congress, so we need to take action now to get the new Congress to reconsider.

Take action today and tell your representatives and the leadership of the House Energy and Commerce Committe and the Senate Energy and Natural Resouces Commitee it's time to pass a law that ends the export of e-waste to developing nations for good.

Recent signatures


    1. Major news!

      A bipartisan group of Senators and House members introduces a new bill for this year!

    2. Reached 15 signatures
    3. NTEN Executive Director Holly Ross thanks all the NTC participants who joined the campaign to end the export of e-waste:

    4. NTEN members and NTC conference participants had a lot to say about e-waste. Check out their videos on the YouTube channel:

    5. What is the real impact of e-waste in China? Professor Huo Xia of Shantou University Medical College tested 165 Guiyu children for the lead concentrations in their blood. Of those tested, 82 percent had levels of over 100, which is considered unsafe by experts.

    6. Reached 12 signatures
    7. The team is out at the Nonprofit Technology Conference this morning, spreading the word about e-waste.

    8. Job Creation 101: Stop Exporting America's Electronic Waste

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    9. Reached 10 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Frederick Tappan NASHUA, NH
      • over 3 years ago

      Good work!

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    • Rosemary Graf CUMMINGTON, MA
      • over 3 years ago

      Why should under developed countries put up with our mess when we can't deal with it?

    • Ramola D ARLINGTON, VA
      • over 3 years ago

      Why aren't we researching intelligent ways to recycle this electronic waste? Why is it being shipped, dumped, and set up to cause damage and disease among children and poor people in countries like India, China, and Nigeria? The US should take responsibility for its own waste, not ship it abroad!!!!

    • Phillip Gwinn SLATON, TX
      • over 3 years ago

      This is a really great idea. it's refreshing to read about an entrepreneur like "eCycleDC!" who sees a niche that is potentially profitable and provides a community service as well.

      The only thing I would caution against is the thought that the employees down the road would be well paid. This sounds like an entry level minimum wage job. We need jobs like that, but they tend to become demonized over time.

      • over 3 years ago

      Deal with your own waste, and keep it off my countries land. I've seen first hand the anguish it causes.


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