By Jake Thomas, Resource Recycling
March 26, 2012 – Hoping to lead by example, the Obama administration has announced a new policy that bars all federal agencies from disposing of unwanted electronics in landfills or incinerators.
The directive, which was issued by the General Services Administration, instructs agencies to reuse electronics to the maximum extent possible and also describes how they can sell or donate used electronics. Recipients of used electronics will be encouraged to follow the same reuse or recycling standards as the federal government.
The move is part of the administration's efforts to better manage the federal government’s end-of-life electronics and has been in the works for several months. The policy also mandates that unwanted devices from the federal government, which is the largest single generator of used electronics, be directed to companies that are certified to either the R2 or e-Stewards standards.