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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.

e-Stewards Enterprise, Samsung Electronics America, Receives Two Sustainability Awards From the EPA

Samsung Electronics America, an e-Stewards Enterprise, was presented with the Champion Award for their use of sustainable materials in the Samsung Galaxy 6. This is the only mobile phone recognized by the EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) program. Samsung is also receiving the Gold Tier Award from the SMM program for their leadership in e-waste collection.

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BTR is now Sipi Asset Recovery

At Belmont Technology Remarketing, we’ve never been content to sit still. As your needs have grown for more secure and environmentally sound asset disposition, so have our capabilities.
Today, we’re taking it to the next level.
We have joined with Sipi—an independent, Chicago-based leader in precious metals and copper alloys—to become Sipi Asset Recovery.

Infamous Chinese e-Waste Town Finally Closes Doors to Imports

Last week, Jim Puckett, Executive Director of Basel Action Network and Lai Yun, Founder and Executive Director of the Society of Canton Nature Conservation witnessed the recycling streets of Guiyu as ‘a ghost-town’ with all operations shuttered and only a few abandoned piles of e-waste left behind in some yards and waysides. The old chimneys, behind which hundreds of women sat cooking circuit boards in shallow woks just a few months ago, have been cut away and the holes cemented up. Large red banners hung across the roadways promising stiff fines and power being cut for any that fail to move to the industrial park.

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China’s Notorious E-Waste Village Disappears Almost Overnight

Just days after the Dec. 1 order for all 3,000 remaining unregulated electronic-waste workshops to move to a newly built industrial park or face power cuts, the smell of burning plastic from the few waste fires smoldering on the roadside still hangs heavy in the air around Guiyu.

e-Stewards Reaffirms Preference for Safe Recycling over Safe Storage for Television Glass

Following almost a year-long deliberation over a petition by Kuusakoski Recycling and their partner Peoria Disposal Company requesting e-Stewards to relax its standard to give greater acceptance to placing crushed and treated cathode ray tube (CRT) glass into solid waste landfill cells for possible future retrieval and recycling, the BAN Board of Directors has voted to accept the majority recommendations of the e-Stewards Leadership Council and its Technical Committee and deny the petition.

e-Stewards – The Gold Standard of Electronics Recycling – Comes to Asia

Recom, Ltd., proudly announces successful completion of the rigorous audit process to become the first e-Stewards® certified recycler in Asia, in the Republic of Korea. e-Stewards is considered to be the international “gold standard” for the recycling and refurbishing of used electronics. e-Stewards certification confirms Recom’s commitment to environmentally safe handling of all hazardous e-waste.