Federal EPA Offering Free Sustainable Materials Management Webinar
On Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 2:00 to 3:30 EDT, the federal EPA is offering a free webinar titled, Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Web Academy Webinar: Materials Footprint of the Consumer Electronics Ecosystem. This webinar will be, “an innovative collaboration between the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), the Staples Sustainable Innovation Lab and the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), (which) completed a comprehensive analysis to determine the material footprint of consumer technology being used in U.S. households from 1990 to 2015.” To read more and to register click here.
EPA is Seeking Feedback on Reducing Regulatory Burden on Waste
The EPA is soliciting for recommendations on regulations on waste that could be repealed, replaced or modified to make them less burdensome on the American people, which could influence e-waste management in the US. In February 2017, the President issued Executive Order 13777 on Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda. This order requires agencies to create a task force to evaluate existing regulations with the goal to identify which regulations can be changed to reduce burdens. While the U.S. considers reducing regulations on waste, many countries still have strict regulations in place. Reducing regulations on waste will be a step backwards, and may lead to a decreased demand to use certified e-Stewards recyclers. Below, see how you can provide feedback to the EPA and it’s agencies.
There are two ways to participate in this process. First, on May 9, 2017 the Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM) is hosting a public meeting to obtain stakeholder feedback. The OLEM provides policy, guidance and direction on issues such as, land disposal of hazardous waste, safe waste management practices, and abandoned hazardous waste sites. Click here to submit comments, or to find out how to participate or listen to the public meeting.
Second, the EPA will be accepting comments through May 15, 2017, to identify regulations and collect feedback on potential changes or additions to regulations regarding waste. To learn more or access the links to provide comments click here.
Version 3 of e-Stewards Standard: Published March 15, 2017
Access Version 3 Standard: V3 is available for purchase on the e-Stewards website click here to access. Due to the licensing agreement with ANSI for use of ISO 14001: 2015, we must pay a royalty for each copy distributed, and therefore we must charge a fee to recipients of V3, even if you purchased V2 in the past.
Transition from V2 to V3 certification: The publication of V3 is exactly 18 months prior to the expiration of the older (2004) ISO 14001 standard. This allows 18 months for currently certified e-Stewards to upgrade to V3. After September 15, 2018, V2 of the Standard will become obsolete, and companies that have not upgraded will lose their e-Stewards certified status until they become certified to V3.
For more detailed information and deadlines for recyclers, CBs and ANAB regarding transitioning from V2 to V3, please click here.
Differences between V2 and V3: To access a downloadable PDF document with an overview of the differences between V2 and V3, please click here.
Coming soon: There will be a free Review Version of V3 of the Standard, and as before, this will have the language of ISO 14001 paraphrased with permission from ANSI. Following that, there will be a guidance document available for V3 as well.
e-Stewards App Available to Download Now
The e-Stewards website App is now available for both Android and Apple mobile devices. This App puts the most commonly used pages and tools from the e-Stewards website at your fingertips. You can quickly access things such as: the latest program updates, the e-Stewards difference brochure, videos, exposés, the Standard, SI’s and much more! Some selections on the App are for certified e-Stewards only and require a username and password. If you don’t have a username and password, please request yours today by contacting: info@e-Stewards.org.
Android Users: Go to the Google Play Store and search “e-Stewards” in the search bar, then click the “install” button. It can also be found by clicking this link while on your Android device.
Apple Users: Go to the Apple Store and search “e-Stewards” or click here if on your Apple device.
We look forward to hearing your feedback so we can continue to make improvements and additions to suit your needs!
Don’t Be Left Out of a Promotional Opportunity
Some certified e-Stewards companies have not taken advantage of having a personalized page on the e-Stewards website to promote your business. These pages are accessed by clicking on company names, which are found on the List of Recyclers page. All companies with a personalized page are added to a monthly rotation schedule, and each month ten companies are rotated onto the e-Stewards Enterprise page called, Meet the Recyclers. If you still need a personalized page on the e-Stewards website, please notify us at email@example.com, and send us the following: your company description (120 words or less); a high resolution photo (at least 300 dpi); and your company logo (file types: eps, png, gif, jpg or zip). To see this month’s Meet the Recyclers click here. Don’t miss out on this free marketing opportunity!