On behalf of its members, NEMA supports appropriate end-of-life management of electrical products. The preferred option in most cases is recycling, particularly if the product contains potentially hazardous materials or provides an economic benefit once recovered.
Recycling is economically and operationally complex, but can also be a contentious political issue. Several NEMA sections that supply consumer oriented-products (e.g. , lamps, batteries) have wrestled with recycling challenges for years. Others have turned their attention to the issue more recently in response to regulatory, environmental, or financial considerations. Virtually all activity in NEMA devoted to recycling takes place in “silos,” but with little, if any, cross-sectional collaboration.
NEMA’s upcoming recycling summit aims to address this lack of communication by bringing the industry’s collective experts into the same room to discuss whether and how sections can work together to find solutions. This one-day event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at NEMA’s new conference center located within its Rosslyn, Virginia headquarters. The agenda will include a review of existing NEMA recycling initiatives, a presentation by a leading waste management company, an outside guest who will discuss how another industry sector has addressed the issue, and ample time for open discussion.
Any NEMA member company with an interest in this topic is encouraged to send representatives to this summit, either individually or as part of a product section delegation. Those wishing to attend or to obtain additional information may contact Mark Kohorst of NEMA Government Relations by email or phone at 703-841-3249.