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ISRI Backs Congress on Cellphone Recycling ExemptionISRI Backs Congress on Cellphone Recycling Exemption

Allan Gerlat

July 29, 2014

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ISRI Backs Congress on Cellphone Recycling Exemption

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) applauded Congress for exempting recyclers and refurbishers to bulk unlock used cellphones for refurbishment and resale in a newly passed  bill.

Congress passed the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, with Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) working for bipartisan leadership on the legislation, which removes the competitive disadvantage to recyclers and refurbishers in the marketplace, according to an ISRI news release.

Previously, electronics manufacturers and telecommunication carriers could control through copyright the access to information necessary to unlock, refurbish and resell used technological devices, such as cell phones and tablets.

Last October, ISRI approved a cellphone unlocking policy that called for allowing consumers, including recyclers and refurbishers, the right to lawfully unlock technological devices. By allowing bulk unlocking, recyclers and refurbishers are able to put working devices back into the domestic and global marketplace.

“We are very pleased that the legal right for recyclers and refurbishers to bulk unlock cell phones has been restored,” said ISRI President Robin Wiener. “Copyright law should not stand in the way of advances in the legitimate reuse of cell phones and tablets or prevent innovations and competitive uses for such devices.”

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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