U.S. – Senators call for uniform charger for cell phones21. June 2022
U.S. – Senators call for uniform charger for cell phones
Three Democratic U.S. senators have called on the Commerce Department to require cell phone manufacturers to adopt a common charger.
In an open letter to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, Senators Bernie Sanders (Vermont), Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey (Massachusetts) specifically cited a newly adopted EU directive requiring Apple’s iPhone and other smartphones to be equipped with USB-C ports by fall 2024.
The trio argued that the EU directive would significantly reduce e-waste and help consumers ” because they are tired of digging through drawers full of tangled chargers” to find a compatible charger or buy a new one.
According to the senators, discarded chargers account for an estimated 11,000 tons of the 53.6 million tons of e-waste generated in 2019. “This waste is driving consumers crazy and our planet deeper and deeper into a climate crisis,” they write.
They call on the U.S. to adopt a similar measure to that in the EU, covering tablets, digital cameras, e-readers, portable game consoles and headphones.