ECS Works with Industry Coalition to Limit Toxic E-Waste Exports and Welcomes Sims Recycling Solutions to the Effort

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The Coalition for American Electronics Recycling (CAER) adds industry leaders in effort to restrict toxic exports and create tens of thousands of jobs.

With numerous Congressmen coming on board as supporters, the passing of this Bill HR2284/SB1270 is becoming closer to reality.

ECS Refining, the ethical leader in electronics waste recycling and end-of-life services, today announced that the Coalition For American Electronics Recycling (CAER) has added a substantial partner - Sims Recycling Solutions to the industry effort to support federal legislation that will restrict export of toxic electronic waste (e-waste) from the U.S. and spur expansion of the domestic recycling economy providing tens of thousands of new jobs.

With the addition of Sims Recycling Solutions, CAER now includes 34 U.S. companies involved in all aspects of the domestic electronics recycling and disposition industry (ITAD), with operations in 31 states as well as the District of Columbia. Alliance members of CAER also supporting the legislation include Hewlett Packard, Dell, Apple, Samsung, Best Buy and LG Electronics.

The Responsible Electronics Recycling Act (HR 2284/SB1270) would restrict toxic e-waste exports to developing countries that lack adequate safeguards for the environment and workers. “We’re excited to see a rapid increase in the addition of electronics recycling, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and other industry leaders to our coalition,” said Jim Taggart, Chief Executive Officer, ECS Refining. “With numerous Congressmen coming on board as supporters, the passing of this Bill is becoming closer to reality. This initiative affects all U.S. citizens in terms of new jobs and our responsibility to the global environment.”

CAER’s emergence represents a major split in the recycling industry regarding e-waste exports. The industry’s primary trade association, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), has long opposed restrictions on e-waste exports. By joining CAER (some of which are also ISRI members), ISRI members are breaking with the trade association’s position and taking a stand in support of export restrictions of whole electronic products which will result in the creation of jobs and better protection the environment.

“Unrestricted and unfair trade in electronic scrap with developing countries has thwarted the job growth that can come with a robust domestic recycling infrastructure,” said CAER steering committee member David Zimet, President of Hesstech. “The Responsible Electronics Recycling Act will enable American recyclers to make new investments in facilities and staff and personnel necessary to legitimize and grow an American industry and position America as a leader in global markets.

For more information about HR 2284/SB1270, visit the CAER website, which includes links to the full text of each bill.

About ECS Refining
ECS Refining is a national electronic waste recycling and end-of-life services company with locations in Santa Clara, Stockton, and Gardena Ca; Medford, Oregon; and Mesquite and Terrell, Texas. For over 30 years, ECS has provided recovery and refining, asset management, and resale services to attain maximum recovery value for clients, and environmentally sustainable results. We provide recycling solutions for a wide variety of e-waste materials and are committed to applying smart and planet-friendly solutions for our customers. For more information about our operations and the latest news from ECS Refining visit http://www.ecsrefining.com.

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