E-Waste: How bad is the problem? What can YOU do about it?
Take this quiz to assess how much you know about the lifecycle of your cell phone. Then, scroll down further and take action for better e-waste policies!
Now, tell Congress to pass the Safe Chemicals Act!
Mobile phones are yet another product sector that would benefit from stronger chemicals policy regulation. The Safe Chemicals Act gives the Environmental Protection Agency the tools it needs to keep hazardous chemicals out of our products. Unlike the current, obsolete Toxic Substances Control Act, the Safe Chemicals Act requires the chemical industry to develop and provide information about the health and environmental safety of their chemicals for them to enter or remain on the market. What's more, it requires immediate action on the worst chemicals. That means the EPA would have to immediately reduce exposure to persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic chemicals like lead, mercury and flame retardants.
By now, you've heard that the Safe Chemicals Act passed committe vote in the Senate. Now, we're hoping to get it to the Senate floor this fall!
We need you to tell your Senators that you support the Safe Chemicals Act and you will be watching as the bill comes up for a vote on the Senate floor.