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Posted May 3rd, 2011

The Computer Recycling Export Debate

If you have not noticed some of the recent headlines about the computer recycling industry, then you have been missing a very heated debate. The topic of this debate involves the exportation of computers and other electronics for recycling to other countries. In the last few months, the debate has really heated up with headlines showing up in some of the top news stories in the country. One of the most notable news stories was a recent segment on “60 minutes” that airs Sunday evenings on CBS. The “60 minutes” segment was the most exposure that the computer recycling industry has received since its inception. “60 minutes” sheds some light on the dark side of the electronics recycling industry. If you have not had the chance to watch the segment, then you should view the video here.

Since that segment aired, the debate has escalated between two opposing perspectives within the industry. The Basel Action Network (BAN) and Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) have both expressed their views regarding the “60 Minutes” segment in public letters. Here are copies of the two letters:

ISRI letter addressed to the Executive Producer of 60 Minutes – Click Here

BAN’s response to the letter written by ISRI – Click Here

Securis supports both organizations and both have different views that are correct. We have decide to refrain from commentary on both letters, however, we do feel that the computer recycling industry is in dire need for regulations and oversight. Electronics are the fastest growing waste stream in the United States and very little of that waste is being recycled. Both ISRI and BAN want to foster success and see improvements in recycling computers and electronics. Securis hopes that both organizations will continue to work together to find the middle-ground in the heated issue of computer recycling.

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