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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.

Thank You to Our 2015 E-Scrap Sponsors

The e-Stewards Program would like to thank our 2015 E-Scrap sponsors. Their generosity helped us strengthen the value of being e-Stewards Certified and increase awareness of the e-Stewards brand, and by extension, all e-Stewards Certified Recyclers and Refurbishers.

 

Kansas City, MO Becomes e-Stewards Enterprise: Helps Communities Connect

The city of Kansas City, Missouri, has deepened its commitment to its communities and the environment by becoming an e-Stewards Enterprise. By pledging to use e-Stewards Recyclers & Refurbishers to manage their e-waste, the city is connecting vulnerable demographics with responsibly refurbished technology. And shrinking the digital divide.

Raytheon Furthers Sustainability Goals; Becomes e-Stewards Enterprise

Raytheon, technology innovator and world leader for defense electronics, has furthered their commitment to sustainability and environmental protection by becoming an e-Stewards Enterprise. They have pledged to use e-Stewards certified Recyclers & Refurbishers to help them meet their goal of responsibly recycling 100% of their annual 500 tons of e-waste by 2015.

 

Tough Economic Times: Not a Good Reason to Retreat from Environmental and Social Responsibility

Currently, we are witnessing an electronics recycling industry under great financial stress. This is due in large part to a crash in commodity prices and to state/provincial e-waste programs that turn pricing over to manufacturers in what has too often been a race to the bottom. Recycling companies are increasingly forced to make tough decisions about expenses and their bottom line, while others have had to shut their doors or declare bankruptcy.

Stricter E-waste Guidelines From 2015 COPs? Not Yet.

The 2015 Basel Convention COP handed disappointing news to proponents of stricter e-waste guidelines by passing unfinished guidelines that leave out key industry issues such as cathode tube management.

4th Bin Win EPA Honors

e-Stewards Certified Recycler, 4th Bin wins the highest public EPA award–the Environmental Champion Award. The credit their e-Stewards certification for “ensuring the strictest e-Stewards Recycler health and safety standards” in their work.