electronic waste and producer takeback recycling
Electronic waste, or “e-waste,” is the fastest growing and most toxic portion of America’s waste stream. Electronics contain an array of heavy metals and toxic chemicals that cause public health and environmental damage when disposed of improperly. The current recycling rate is estimated at just 12.5%, and unfortunately most e-waste documented as recycled is actually exported to unsafe backyard scrap operations in developing nations, endangering the lives and health of workers and their families.
TCE Fund advocates for “Producer TakeBack Recycling” because if producers are responsible for the end of life of their products, they have a bottom line incentive to redesign their products for recycling and waste reduction. Simply put, producer takeback makes the current wasteful system less profitable than responsible recycling, cleaner production, and more sustainable product design.
Learn more about Producer TakeBack Recycling.