The federal government and the defense industry are enacting new policies and practices to prevent the introduction of counterfeit components into supply chains along with methods to detect them should they slip through yet, despite several attempts, no federal e-waste recycling mandate currently exists.
Two previous bipartisan bills were introduced which would forbid U.S. companies from exporting e-waste: H.R.2284 - Responsible Electronics Recycling Act (introduced June 22, 2011) and H.R.2791 - Responsible Electronics Recycling Act (introduced July 23, 2013). Both versions of the bill died.
On June 24, 2016 Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) along with Rep. Paul Cook (R-CA) launched a third attempt to stop the flow of electronic waste to China and other countries known for producing counterfeit electronic parts by introducing H.R. 5579, the Secure E-waste Export and Recycling Act (SEERA).
We need broad industry support in order to pass this legislation.
It is 2016: fifteen years since China was admitted to the WTO and the
first counterfeit part was reported to ERAI; a decade since ERAI’s
President made a second trip to China to see firsthand how e-waste was
being used to fuel what has been referred to as a counterfeit
epidemic; and nine years since I wrote ...