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BAN Takes First Step to Spin-Off e-Stewards e-Waste Certification

When complete, the spin-off will increase the e-Stewards program’s independence and allow BAN to return its focus to its core mission of educating and advocating to prevent toxic trade and promote a toxic free future for all.

Oklahoma’s First e-Stewards Recycler: Natural Evolution

It is our belief that the e-Stewards Standard is by far the most rigorous,  and responsible standard that exists today for the electronics recycling industry,” Traci Phillips, CEO of Natural Evolution said.

Total e-Scrap Recycled to Triple

Pike Research forecasts that between 2010 and 2025, the percentage of total e-scrap that is recycled will grow from 18% in 2010 to 54% in 2025. “The key players … are all large multinational companies that have in one form or another adopted concepts of corporate social responsibility…”

Seventeen Children Rescued from Recycling Unit

Indian authorities rescued seventeen child laborers, some as young as six years old, from a hazardous e-waste recycling operation in west Delhi on Monday. (India is a non-OECD country, and e-Stewards Recyclers will never send e-waste there, so you can be sure you won’t feed this toxic tide.)

The Need for Stricter Standards

An excerpt from Popular Mechanics magazine’s article “The Ever-Changing Landscape of E-Waste Recycling.” This is from a while ago, but the excerpt does a good job in explaining key differences between e-Stewards Certification and other certifications. Well worth re-reading.

Is EPA listening about voluntary electronics recycling standards?

By Neil Peters-Michaud. “I am hopeful this EPA study will recognize the differences between the two standards [e-Stewards and R2], differences among certifying bodies … and differences among processors holding each standard. I suspect EPA will find significant disparities within each of these areas.”

Capstone Wireless Achieves e-Stewards Certified Designation

“As a Certified e-Stewards Recycler, Capstone Wireless ensures Dallas, Fort Worth and regional and national businesses and residents that their old electronics will be recycled responsibly,” said Jim Puckett, Executive Director of BAN.

Nigeria to Prosecute e-Waste Importers

Another indicator that the international community takes e-waste very, very seriously (as should we all): The Nigerian government has vowed to clamp down on importers of out-dated electrical and electronic equipment, popularly known as e-waste.