More than a dozen speakers testified in front of the U.S. International Trade Commission about exporting used electronics.
The ITC is investigating the export market and is looking to quantify the amount of used electronics that is exported to foreign countries. The effort is a result of the National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship, ordered by President Obama and released in 2011.
Gordon Scott, facility manager at Forever Green Recycle Inc., a Virginia-based recycling facility, told the commission his company is against the export of used electronics because it primarily ends up in Third World countries.
"The second reason that we strongly favor the restriction of e-scrap is that by dismantling the equipment to its commodity level … you can actually create numerous jobs in most [inner] cities and counties in the U.S.," he said, according to testimony posted on the ITC website.
Copies of some testimony and several exhibits have been posted to the ITC website. In addition to several recyclers, the Institute for Scrap Recycling Industries also testified at the hearing. That group is against placing restrictions on sending commodities to foreign countries as long as those countries allow it.