Journal of the Indiana Academy of the Social Sciences

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E-waste represents a considerable challenge in today’s global economy. The ease of purchase and delivery via online methods, coupled with the rapid pace of technological advancement, has led to considerable e-waste. E-waste represents a different challenge for reverse logistics than just a product return. In the case of e-waste, the product has been used and is no longer wanted. Because an e-waste item is no longer wanted, the possibility of designing a product to eventually be remanufactured is an area of research that deserves investigation. The purpose of this article is to make the argument that U.S. corporations should be proactive in developing comprehensive programs to deal with e-waste. To accomplish this task, this article is divided into three sections: the growth of e-waste, relevant legislation as it pertains to e-waste, and reverse logistics and the electronic industry.