Electronic Waste: Observations on the Role of the Federal Government in Encouraging Recycling and Reuse Metadata

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  • Main Title Electronic Waste: Observations on the Role of the Federal Government in Encouraging Recycling and Reuse


  • Author: United States. Government Accountability Office.
    Creator Type: Organization


  • Name: United States. Government Accountability Office.
    Place of Publication: Washington D.C.


  • Creation: 2005-07-26


  • English


  • Content Description: Testimony issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "Advances in technology have led to rapidly increasing sales of new electronic devices, particularly televisions, computers, and computer monitors. With this increase comes the dilemma of how to manage these products when they come to the end of their useful lives. Concerns have been increasingly expressed that while millions of existing computers become obsolete each year, only a fraction of them are being recycled. Some have alleged that the disposal of used electronics causes a number of environmental problems. They note, for example, that toxic substances such as lead can leach from used electronics. They have also noted that computers and other electronic equipment contain precious metals that require substantial amounts of energy and land to extract. These metals, they say, can often be extracted with less environmental impact from used electronics than from the environment. In this testimony, GAO summarizes existing information on the amounts of, and problems associated with, used electronics. GAO also examines the factors affecting the nation's ability to recycle and reuse electronics when such products have reached the end of their useful lives. This testimony discusses preliminary results of GAO's work. GAO will report in full at a later date."


  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Government accountability -- United States.
  • Keyword: natural resources and environment
  • Keyword: budget and spending
  • Keyword: government operations
  • Keyword: justice and law enforcement
  • Keyword: electronic waste
  • Keyword: testimony


  • Place Name: United States


  • Name: Government Accountability Office Reports
    Code: GAORT


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD


  • Rights License: pd

Resource Type

  • Text


  • Text


  • Report No.: GAO-05-937T
  • Accession or Local Control No: 112098
  • URL: http://gao.gov/products/GAO-05-937T
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc291703