by Brittany Tofinchio Palmer
The Secure E-Waste Export and Recycling Act (H.R.5579) was introduced in the House of Representatives on June 24, 2016. It aims to control the export of electronic waste to prevent such waste from becoming counterfeit goods and reentering the electronic supply chain market in the United States.
Electronic waste is defined as specific listed items containing electronic components, fragments, or subcomponents, including but not limited to: computers and related equipment; data center equipment; mobile computers; televisions; video devices; consumer electronics; and navigation devices. Exemptions include: electronic parts from motor vehicles; and electronics that have a low-risk of being counterfeit, electronics that have been tested, used and are working, and electronics that have been recalled.
The Bill provides a general prohibition on persons and entities exporting or reexporting electronic waste. Exporting or reexporting exempt electronic waste may occur only if the following requirements are met: