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e-Stewards Auditor V3 Upgrade Training Now Available

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.

Total Reclaim Certification Revoked

The Washington state-based electronics recycling firm Total Reclaim has had their e-Steward® certification withdrawn due to violation of the e-Stewards standard.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.

e-Stewards Blue Star Recyclers Selected as Social Venture of the Year

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

EPA awards e-Stewards Enterprise, LG Electronics USA, with Gold Tier Award in Electronics Recycling Challenge

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.

For the full press release, please click here.

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.