U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., has introduced legislation that would fund research into electronic waste (e-waste) recycling. Called the “Electronic Device Recycling Research and Development Act,” the bill would authorize the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue grants for research and development projects that would explore ways to increase e-waste recycling.
The bill also would fund a study on the obstacles to e-waste recycling.
“Recycling electronic waste is a win-win for our economy and our environment,” Sarbanes said in a press release. “It reduces the environmental impact of high-tech manufacturing, reduces cost, and makes U.S. companies less dependent on foreign suppliers of minerals and other materials.”
“Business owners recognize that the future of manufacturing in America will be based on innovation and sustainable processes,” Sarbanes added.