Xstrata, CloudBlue Join Coalition for American Electronics Recycling

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Industry leaders join group backing federal legislation to create jobs, promote investment in domestic industry

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Momentum continues to build for responsible trade policies that create jobs and promote investment.

The Coalition for American Electronics Recycling (CAER) announced that Xstrata Copper and CloudBlue Technologies, Inc. have joined the industry campaign in support of the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act (RERA) that will create jobs, promote investment and enhance sustainability. CAER is working with Congressional supporters to support reintroduction of RERA in the 113th Congress.

RERA will prohibit unregulated export of non-working electronics and e-waste that contain hazardous materials. Trade in tested, working electronics and recycled commodities would not be restricted and is expected to grow with passage of RERA. According to a recent CAER study, RERA’s passage may generate up to 42,000 new jobs with an annual payroll of up to $1 billion.

“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 David Zimet, President of Hesstech and CAER steering committee member. “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.”

Xstrata Copper, which is joining the CAER steering committee, is the fourth largest global copper producer and one of the world’s largest recyclers of copper and precious metals from electronic scrap materials.

“We are pleased to support the passage of a bill that ensures sustainable e-waste recycling and recovery of precious metals,” said Paul Healey of Xstrata Copper. “This important legislation supports our approach to product stewardship by ensuring that valuable raw materials are recovered, processed in North America and returned to manufacturers for fabrication into new products that will be sold internationally. Conserving resources is good for the environment, and the economy.”

Headquartered in Norcross, Ga., CloudBlue Technologies, Inc. is a leading provider of enterprise IT asset disposition, onsite data destruction and e-waste recycling services worldwide. In addition to its Georgia facility, CloudBlue operates over 40 locations worldwide including Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey and Texas. The company was among the first e-waste recyclers to achieve e-Stewards Certification and is also R2 certified.

"CloudBlue is proud to support legislation that promotes the proper recycling of e-waste and creates American jobs,” said CloudBlue CEO Ken Beyer. “Implementing a sustainable, national solution to the rapidly growing problem of toxic e-waste export from the U.S. to developing countries requires leadership from our federal government. A federal e-waste bill coupled with our industry's growing group of certified electronics recycling enterprises will have a positive global impact on the environment, data privacy protection and human health and safety."

With the addition of Xstrata Copper and CloudBlue, CAER now includes 94 companies operating 176 facilities in 34 states and the District of Columbia. Visit the CAER website for a complete member list.

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