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.
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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.
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.
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, 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.
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.