E-Waste Export Restrictions Could Generate 42,000 U.S. Jobs, Study ClaimsE-Waste Export Restrictions Could Generate 42,000 U.S. Jobs, Study Claims
February 11, 2013
The study, conducted by DSM Environmental Services Inc. of Windsor, Vt., stated that processing the 3.6 billion pounds of e-waste in the United States that now is exported, according to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report, would create 21,000 full-time equivalent recycling jobs with a corresponding payroll of $772 million. There would be the potential for 21,000 additional indirect jobs, according to a news release.
Currently CAER member recycle about 1.2 billion pounds of electronics. The survey of CAER members estimated current U.S. employment in e-waste recycling at 6,850 jobs with a payroll of about $250 million.
“The study further documents how growing an industry with the capacity to manage the volume of e-waste generated within our borders could create tens of thousands of good-paying American jobs by promoting investment in our domestic infrastructure,” said Steve Skurnac, president of Chicago-based Sims Recycling Solutions and CAER steering committee member.
CAER was founded in November 2011 and now includes 82 U.S. e-waste recycling and disposal companies. The group supports passage of the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act that is designed to promote fair and responsible e-waste trade.