U.S. senator to work on improved e-waste legislation after release of GAO report

According to a statement issued by the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Sen. Jim Jeffords (I-Vt.) has announced his intentions to create bi-partisan legislation in an effort to minimize the environmental effects of e-waste. Jeffords’ announcement comes after the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), Washington, released a report titled “Electronic Waste: Strengthening the Role of the Federal Government in Encouraging Recycling and Reuse,” which discusses the nation’s rising amount of e-waste and advocates for e-waste solutions at the federal level. According to the GAO report, 100 million items of electronic equipment become obsolete each year and are stored in attics, warehouses and garages.