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Basel Convention Updates for e-Stewards

Salomé and Jim just returned from the two-week long Basel Convention negotiations in Geneva. The decisions made will have a definite impact on the plastics and e-waste recycling industries. While these decisions will not go into effect immediately, BAN wishes to brief e-Stewards on what was decided.

Study finds sensitive data remains on used drives

In March, Blancco Technology Group released survey results showing consumer anxieties about potential mismanagement of their data on electronic devices. Now, a different study shows their data concerns are anything but irrational.

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Personal info abounds on used devices

A random sampling of second-hand electronics for sale around Wisconsin found significant amounts of data, including hundreds of pieces of personally identifiable information.

Closed Loop Partners Joins e-Stewards Enterprise Partnership

Closed Loop Partners – a leading investment organization for promoting the circular economy, supported by many of the world’s largest consumer goods companies including Amazon, Coca-Cola, Colgate Palmolive, Danone, Johnson & Johnson, Keurig Dr. Pepper, Nestlé Waters North America, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, Starbucks, Unilever, and 3M – has become the latest e-Stewards Enterprise partner, agreeing to make best efforts to utilize e-Stewards® Certified Electronics Recyclers in their projects and programs. The Circular Economy, the brainchild of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and numerous waste activists around the world, seeks to promote a new paradigm of closed loop, circular materials management that minimizes waste while eliminating negative externalities from recycling that cause harm to populations and natural capital.

Less Than 3% of Recycled Computing Devices Properly Wiped

Here’s some eyepopping data about the computing devices that wind up at businesses that refurbish computers or accept donated devices: Out of 85 devices tested by researchers at Rapid7, only two were wiped properly – and three were encrypted.