Legislation introduced last week establishes federal grants to boost electronics recycling and reuse. U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., introduced the Zero Waste Act on July 25, which creates federal grants to support municipalities in recycling and waste reduction efforts. The program would be carried out by the U.S. EPA and would be funded with up to $250 million from 2020 through 2027. Proposed investments would focus on several key initiatives, including electronics reuse and recycling. E-scrap-related projects could include efforts to advance “infrastructure and technology, research and development, and product refurbishment.” Eligible projects would have to be carried out by organizations that are certified to e-Stewards, R2, or RIOS. Any projects that include an electronics “buy-back” program providing credit toward the purchase of new electronics would be excluded from eligibility for federal funding.
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