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Electronics Stewardship

Electronic waste is the common name for electronic equipment and products that are broken, obsolete, discarded, or have reached the end of their useful life. This includes televisions and monitors, computers and computer accessories, audio and stereo equipment, VCRs, DVD players, video cameras, telephones, fax and copying machines, cellular phones, wireless devices, and video game consoles. The electronics waste stream is growing 2-3 times faster than any other waste stream, as new electronic products are continually being produced to replace older technology.

Government agencies are now taking a closer look at the impacts of the manufacture, use, and disposal of electronic goods on the environment and human health. The following Federal campaigns are all aimed at encouraging responsible electronics stewardship in order to increase the national recycling rate and cut down on the generation of harmful chemicals.

  • The Office of the Federal Environmental Executive's Federal Electronics Stewardship Challenge - This program uses the buying power of the Federal government to promote the purchase of environmentally preferable electronic products.

  • The Plug-in to Recycling Campaign - The US EPA has recently launched this campaign with electronics manufacturers and retailers, to encourage people to reuse and recycle their unwanted electronics.

  • The ENERGY STAR program – This program, also run by the US EPA, encourages the manufacture and use of more energy efficient products.

America Recycles Day's electronics recycling eventThe America Recycles Day’s electronics recycling event was celebrated at the Washington Monument in November 2002.

More that 60,000 pounds of electronics were collected by 100 volunteers from the Federal government, DC government, public and private sector organizations, and local citizens.



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