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Trash or Treasure?

The Obama Administration has established the National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship, a strategy for responsible designing, purchasing, managing and recycling of electronics that promotes the vigorous growth of the electronics recycling market and jobs of the future here at home.

Each year, Americans dispose of 2.5 million tons of electronics made up of lead, nickel, cadmium, and mercury - all of which could pose risks to human health or the environment if mismanaged at their end-of-life.

Electronics Lifecycle - illustrating which portions of the cycle were documented by EPA study (purchase, use, storage, recycled or disposed)

EPA and GSA are working together to promote development of new environmental performance standards for electronics. In addition, GSA is removing products that do not comply with energy efficiency or environmental performance standards from its information technology purchase contracts used by federal agencies.

ECycling is good public policy and it’s good business. Companies all over the country are proving that environmental stewardship can be profitable. This is an important emerging market and the federal government is here to help this industry grow jobs and improve the way we handle our resources.

To learn more, visit U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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