The Basel Action Network, a global toxic trade watchdog organization, announced that Capstone Wireless, LLC, located in Dallas, TX, is now a Certified e-Stewards® Recycler, adhering to the world’s highest standards for socially and environmentally responsible recycling.
“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.
The e-Stewards program, an initiative of the BAN, helps individuals and organizations identify and select those electronics recyclers that ensure that used electronics are managed with the highest standards of environmental and social responsibility. e-Stewards Certified Recyclers are audited and certified to ensure highest levels of responsibility.
A 60 Minutes expose entitled “Following the Trail of Toxic e-Waste”, that aired in late 2008, left viewers wondering if their best intentions to recycle hazardous electronic products had gone awry. The piece featured a seemingly responsible recycling company collecting e-waste from Denver residents and surreptitiously shipping it to poor countries where it was being dumped and burned. BAN was an integral part of the investigation.
“In the absence of leadership or laws requiring responsible electronics recycling here in the United States, our organization felt it was necessary to create a program to help people find a responsible recycler. Certified e-Stewards Recyclers have undergone a rigorous independent audit process to ensure they are not simply dumping this toxic waste on developing countries under the guise of “recycling”, added Puckett.
“If you look closely at the wireless industry, you’ll find the word ‘green’ prominently displayed on many companies’ literature. However, if you ask for details, you will find that the programs in place are mostly rhetoric-just a ‘green washing’ of everyday business practices,” said Joel Urano, President, Capstone Wireless. “All the research pointed to BAN’s e-Steward designation as the gold standard for recycling. It took almost a year to bring our systems, procedures and practices to a best-in-class level where the e-Steward designation was attainable. We’re proud to say Capstone Wireless is the only company in the wireless industry to currently hold the e-Steward designation from BAN.”