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Federal legislators have reintroduced legislation banning exports of untested, non-working electronics, a move that could significantly alter the way that many e-scrap companies handle material.
The Secure E-Waste Export and Recycling Act (SEERA) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives this week by legislators in California and New York as H.R. 3559.
The bill would allow exports of tested and functional devices as well as some materials recovered from e-scrap through processing, such as commodities destined for smelters. It would also continue to allow the export of recalled devices that are sent to foreign markets to be repaired.
Any other end-of-life device exports would become illegal under the federal act, according to a press release published by the Coalition for American Electronics Recycling (CAER), a group of e-scrap industry stakeholders who support the proposal.