PSI Networking Call Series:
February - June 2007
Electronics and Export
Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Time: 2:00 - 3:30 PM EST
Overview: For many years, the United States and other wealthy countries have exported electronics scrap to developing countries, even though we use the majority of the world’s electronic products and generate most of the electronics waste. Once sent abroad, these toxin-containing wastes are rarely managed and dismantled in accordance with procedures considered safe for the laborers involved. This call will explore the complexities surrounding the common practice of electronics export – including efforts to eliminate hazardous materials in product design, initiatives to increase manufacturer responsibility for the end-of-life management of their products, and the forced participation of many recyclers in this export practice due to market pressures. This call will discuss state strategies for restricting export, and will offer the opportunity for debate and discussion of this complex topic.
Barbara Kyle (Computer TakeBack Campaign)
Barbara Kyle is the National Coordinator for the Computer TakeBack Campaign. The Campaign is a national coalition of NGOs whose goal is to promote sustainable and responsible practices throughout the high-tech electronics industry, to protect public health and the environment. Barbara has spent most of her career as an organizer or manager for NGOs, including eight years in the labor movement, with the Service Employees International Union and the California Labor Federation. She has also worked for community action and legal services organizations and the University of California.
Sarah Westervelt (Basel Action Network (BAN)).
Sarah Westervelt is the e-Waste Project Coordinator at the Basel Action Network (BAN). Her work includes administering and promoting programs such as the Electronic Recycler’s Pledge of True Stewardship and other market-based solutions, educating the public about the global toxics issues associated with exporting e-waste, as well as highlighting the worst-case scenarios. Sarah co-authored recent exposés including films and reports documenting horrific “recycling” of the world’s e-waste in China and Nigeria. Through programs, policy analysis, and education, the e-Waste Project provides support to states, local jurisdictions, manufacturers, and waste generators of all sizes and types to go beyond inadequate federal policies, and to better understand existing international laws that pertain to the trade in toxic wastes, as well as the principle of environmental justice. Sarah has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Systems Renewal from Antioch University, and worked for years as a consultant in organizational development before joining the Basel Action Network in 2001.