Obama Still Has Time To Curb A Toxic Waste Crisis Caused By Gadgets

Credit: Damon Beres  Senior Tech Editor, The Huffington Post

Currentlya legal loophole allows organizations used by the government to export electronic waste like discarded smartphonescomputerstelevisions and monitors to other countrieswhere they're dismantled by workers in unsafe conditions.

Puckett and his team on Wednesday introduced the petition calling for President Barack Obama to sign an executive order in the final months of his term that would curb the federal government's e-waste exports.

Safely dismantling gadgets to use their parts elsewhere also isn't easywhich means this issue is also enmeshed in a complicated battle about "Right to repair," with heavy hitters like Apple opposing legislation that would make it easier for shops to dismantle and resell electronics.