Environmental waste is a mounting concern, yet it has attracted little attention in Canada. It therefore comes as a pleasant surprise to find that a joint NAFTA statement from earlier this week makes specific reference to the issue. Government representatives of Canada, the U.S, and Mexico state:
Rapid and dramatic technological advances over the years have created a huge global market for consumer electronics. These advances have also led to increased, low-cost competition and a shortened product lifespan that finds older products ending up in landfills more rapidly.
NAFTA Ministers agreed to work together to lower trade barriers to ensure that this industry has the tools and market access it needs to succeed in all three countries. Ministers also agreed to work with the trilateral Commission of Environmental Co-operation to explore ways to address the environmental impacts of the lifespan and disposal of consumer electronics.