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.
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.
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The Washington state-based electronics recycling firm Total Reclaim has had their e-Steward® certification withdrawn due to violation of the e-Stewards standard.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.
The e-Stewards team is delighted to congratulate e-Stewards certified company Blue Star Recyclers for being selected as this year’s Social Venture of the Year. Blue Star was selected from among 60 social ventures by an expert panel of impact investors at the Colorado Impact Initiative Days in Denver that took place on March 3rd and 4th, 2016. Read more…
On February 11, 2016, e-Stewards Enterprise partner, LG Electronics USA, was recognized by the EPA with the Gold Tier Award for their significant contributions in the EPA’s 2015 Sustainable Materials Management Challenge. LG Electronics USA was also commended on their dedication to increasing consumer awareness about the importance of third-party certified recycling through nationwide education and outreach efforts.
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