Good afternoon. I'd like to thank today's witnesses and guests for joining us to talk about how properly recycling electronics can preserve our environment, contribute to economic development, and help our government become more efficient. This is an issue that is of great interest to me, and should be to anyone who owns a home or a business.
Throughout my life, recycling has always been a top priority for me, and it's something that I have strived to encourage both through my personal efforts but also as a public official. You could say it is a true passion of mine. I am a proponent of recycling because it helps us preserve our limited resources and reduce our landfill input; all while creating good-paying, American jobs.
Along with Sen.
Today's hearing will specifically take a look at electronics recycling, and how the federal government can help lead the way when it comes to expanding good practices that will save resources and cut down on potentially dangerous materials piling up in our landfills.
The federal government is the nation's largest purchaser of electronics and subsequently the largest disposer of such devices. This provides our government with the opportunity and responsibility to ensure that it recycles electronics in the safest, smartest way possible.
I believe the challenges and opportunities presented by electronics recycling draws a parallel to
In the case of electronics recycling, the
Today, witnesses from the public and private sector will help us examine how the government can lead by example when it comes to electronics recycling. Our witnesses will also discuss how the government can improve and increase electronics recycling across the country and look at the promise and challenges in increasing electronics recycling efforts in
We will also hear from the
I often say, anything I can do, I know I can do better. Recycling electronics is a perfect example. Our environment benefits from avoiding volumes of landfill waste, and American jobs are created as the demand for recycling opportunities increase. That's what I like to call a win-win.
I look forward to an informative discussion today of an issue that will undoubtedly only grow in significance as we continue to increasingly rely on electronic gadgets and need to dispose of older electronic equipment. Thank you again to our witnesses for being here today and I look forward to hearing your testimony.
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