The US Department of Energy (DOE) has identified a number of areas where it thinks we’re headed in the next few decades.
The Department’s report, titled “Electronic Waste Generation and Disposal: An Integrated Approach,” is expected to be released in late July.
The DOE is also preparing to release a draft of a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which will describe the scope of the program.
The report is expected, according to DOE spokesman Joe Vazquez, to be “considered by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) as a strategic plan and framework for managing the electronic waste generated by industrial and non-industrial facilities and activities.”
The report does not say what the government plans to do with that waste.
But Vazowski said the department would consider what it calls “further consideration” in that direction.
The DOE report says the nation will produce about 20 percent of the electronic wastes generated by its facilities and industries in the coming decades.
That would be up from 17 percent in 2030 and 18 percent in 2032.
That’s on top of the roughly 30 percent of waste that already comes from the electricity sector.
It also calls for a 25 percent increase in recycling of electronic waste, which currently accounts for about 40 percent of it.
The department also says it is “looking at” what to do about what it sees as the need for greater recycling of plastics.
The department is also looking at how to move toward a “more efficient use of energy for electronics” that is more consistent with the “consensus view” of what the country needs to do in terms of its energy needs.
A lot of the report focuses on the waste that goes to waste, such as paper, cardboard, glass and wood.
And it calls for better methods of handling electronic waste that “could reduce [electronic] production and use” and improve its “efficiency.”
The DOE is asking the private sector to collaborate on a “common technology infrastructure” to support that.
That infrastructure includes a common design for electronic waste disposal, a common process for converting electronic waste into electronic components, and a common management and storage system that could make it easier to track and manage electronic waste.
It would also include “a common model for the storage of electronic components in a secure environment.”
But Vazner said the government has been working on the plan for years.
The Energy Department is “working with industry and others to identify ways to share the knowledge and expertise, and to advance a common technology infrastructure,” he said.
It’s also calling for the private and public sectors to “provide a common approach to waste management, to improve efficiencies and reduce the risk of re-use of electronic wastes.”
It says the Department’s work is a “first step in establishing a national policy framework for the disposal of electronic goods and related wastes.”
But Varsquez said the report does “not address the long-term goals” for the Department, which the report says it hopes to accomplish “by 2030 or later.”
The Department’s study is a significant move for the DOE, which has been criticized in recent years for what it perceives as its unwillingness to consider the role that the private sectors are playing in the waste-recycling sector.
In 2015, the DOE said it would have a more diverse approach to electronic waste collection and disposal than it had in the past.
It also comes as Congress is considering several bills to make it harder for businesses to use the federal government to dispose of their electronic waste and a report published by the Department earlier this month found that the Department was using taxpayer money for projects that did not meet government goals.
The government is not the only entity in the federal sector looking at ways to curb electronic waste use.
The US Postal Service is planning to use drones to drop off and pick up trash from waste containers, and the Food and Drug Administration is experimenting with a new robotic recycling program.
But those efforts are focused primarily on trash that ends up in the landfills, not on electronic waste itself.