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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.

E-Waste Truth: Podcast

From Jefferson Public Radio, covering Southern Oregon and Northern California. The Basel Action Network’s Sarah Westervelt lends her voice to this podcast, “E-Waste Truth.” With each new electronic device, an outdated one heads for the trash.  What happens to those devices once we’re through with them?

e-Stewards Recycling on NPR

Hear Lauren Roman, e-Stewards Business Director, speak about the problems of e-waste and the importance of using Certified e-Stewards Recyclers to ensure responsible recycling and data security. Click to “tune in” to NPR’s Hartford website to hear the discussion.

Senator Gillibrand Supports e-Waste Recycling Bill

“This legislation will crack down on the reckless handling of electronic waste overseas, boost responsible domestic e-waste recycling at facilities like WeRecycle!, and protect Americans from fraudulent schemes that threaten national security.”

What Happens to Your Electronics: Inside An E-Recycling Plant

Public radio station WNYC takes you behind the scenes to discover what happens to your e-waste in New York City — that is, when you choose responsible collectors and e-Stewards Recyclers. Read, listen and view a slide show here.

Texas-Sized FAIL on e-Waste

“State lawmakers gave the environmental agency the authority to ensure that companies won’t rely on ‘sham recyclers’ that actually export and dump our old electronics on developing nations overseas, but today the state agency sadly chose not use that authority.”

E-Waste + Developing Countries = Neurological Risk

A news report in The Lancet, one of the world’s leading medical journals, directly links e-waste “recycling” in developing countries with serious neurological risk. “… many people are working without any kind of protection—most aren’t even aware of the potential risks.”