In the wake of multiple scandalous discoveries of piles of used Ofo and Lime rideshare bikes in the US and China, the Basel Action Network (BAN) and its e-waste recycling program, e-Stewards®, is calling on all bicycle and scooter rideshare companies, and the city governments that license them, to establish responsible end-of-life policies to ensure maximal reuse and safe and responsible recycling for those bikes and scooters that cannot be reused.
June 21, 2018. Seattle, WA. Basel Action Network (BAN), which has become internationally known for placing GPS units inside discarded electronics and tracking them to horrific recycling operations in Asia and Africa, is now offering an enterprise-scale version of their technology to corporations and governments of all kinds.
Orlando, Florida; Seattle, Washington. September 19, 2017. The electronics recycling and refurbishment certification program known as e-Stewards® today announced a new “digital equity” program designed to channel computer equipment from large corporations and institutions to needy individuals and communities across North America.
Despite the fact that education, jobs, job access, and emergency services depend heavily on the internet and computing equipment, 1 in 5 persons in the United States today still have no access to the internet. Meanwhile, every year, thousands of working computers, printers and peripherals are removed from service and are shredded, or worse, exported to dirty recycling operations in developing countries.
Bill Morris, CEO and co-founder of the non-profit, social enterprise and certified e-Stewards organization, Blue Star Recyclers shares why he is proud to hire adults with autism. Read more here.
Version 3.0 of the e-Stewards Standard was published on March 15th, 2017, and all e-Stewards audits must be against Version 3.0 starting September 15, 2017. (Version 2.0 and certificates of certification to it will become obsolete on September 15, 2018.) This means that e-Stewards certification bodies, their auditors, the accreditation body, and consultants that wish to remain in the program will need to transition to Version 3 of the Standard. Formal e-Stewards upgrade training is required in order to make that transition.
The e-Stewards program administrator now provides training in-house, and it is the only recognized e-Stewards training at this time. Please click here for more information about the e-Stewards Auditor V3 Upgrade Training. Other types of trainings will be available in the future.
Global Ewaste Solutions Pte., Ltd., in Singapore, has been granted the first e-Stewards® certification in South East Asia, and is the first to offer global coverage with three e-Stewards Certified facilities outside of the United States. The e-Stewards Certification is widely recognized as the most rigorous standard for socially and environmentally sound electronics recycling and asset management in the world.
The Washington state-based electronics recycling firm Total Reclaim has had their e-Steward® certification withdrawn due to violation of the e-Stewards standard. The company was identified by BAN’s e-Trash Transparency Project (an electronic tracking program) to have exported mercury containing LCD monitors to Hong Kong. Total Reclaim has admitted and apologized for the violation in a public statement. The e-Stewards Evidentiary Report and FAQ regarding this incident can be found here.