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Interagency Task Force on Electronics Stewardship

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In the Presidential Proclamation for America Recycles Day, November 2010, the President established Interagency Task Force on Electronics Stewardship. The President charged the Task Force with developing a national strategy for electronics stewardship, with the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and General Services Administration (GSA) as the leads. The Task Force released the National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship (PDF) (34 pp, 559K, about PDF) report in 2011, outlining the federal government's plan to enhance the management of electronics throughout the product lifecycle - from the design to the eventual recycling or disposal of a product.

The National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship provides four overarching goals, action items under each goal, and projects that will implement each action item. These recommendations are summarized below and described in more detail in the report. In July, 2014, the Task Force released Moving Sustainable Electronics Forward: An Update to the National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship (PDF) (25 pp, 1.47 Mb), to highlight the progress made on the National Strategy.

Build Incentives for Design of Greener Electronics, and Enhance Science, Research and Technology Development in the United States

Ensure that the Federal Government Leads By Example

Increase Safe and Effective Management and Handling of Used Electronics in the United States

Reduce Harm from US Exports of E-Waste and Improve Safe Handling of Used Electronics in Developing Countries

An on-line annex of benchmarks that lists each of the projects, the primary agency responsible for the project and any agencies supporting the primary agency in that effort, and the target date for completion of the project. As the National Strategy is developed in further detail by the departments and agencies, and as the Strategy is implemented, corresponding updates are made to the annex. As appropriate, action items and related projects may be realigned.


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