May 03, 2013
by Printed Circuit Design & Fab

Computer and other electronic equipment manufacturers pressing for exemptions from established controls on the export of electronic waste or e-waste are drawing fire from NGOs.

Basel Action Network says relaxing such controls could undermine efforts to properly dispose of toxic materials in the least harmful way possible.

The proposed exemptions would permit untested or nonfunctional electronic waste, often containing toxic lead, cadmium, mercury and brominated flame retardants, to be considered a non-waste and subject to free trade in certain circumstances, so long as the exporter can claim the old equipment might be “repairable,” asserts BAN.

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