e-Stewards Announces New, Streamlined e-Recycling Standard

Version 4.0 to be Ready for Early 2020 Release

Seattle, WA. September 18, 2019. The e-Stewards® ethical certification program announced today the launch of a new version of the Standard for the Responsible Recycling and Reuse of Electronic Equipment. The new Version 4.0 is designed to be shorter, simpler, and less prescriptive while retaining and improving performance and rigor, particularly in the area of data security.

In this version, we are taking smart steps to create a far more user-friendly version of e-Stewards while maintaining the rigor and accountability we are famous for,” said Jim Puckett, Executive Director of Basel Action Network, administrator of the e-Stewards Program.

The Standard, which has been under development by a subcommittee of the Technical Committee for 8 months, will undergo two comment periods. On October 21, a 30-day period reserved for licensed e-Stewards Certified Recyclers and Refurbishers and e-Steward Enterprises will begin. Following that initial review, a final open comment period of 3 weeks will provide an opportunity for the general public to comment. The final release of the standard is set for February of 2020.

The new Standard version 4.0 draft features:

  • A requirement for separate certification to ISO14001:2015 standard
  • Removal of the integrated ISO14001 text while maintaining ISO ordering
  • A requirement for separate data security certification (NAID AAA) (as of July 1, 2022)
  • Fewer documents required to be prepared and held.
  • Performance verification via random unannounced inspections and GPS tracking
  • Incorporation of new Basel Convention trade rules
  • Reduced length (about 2/3 the length of Version 3.1)
  • More user-friendly, clearer, streamlined requirements
  • Publicly available at no cost

We are proud to be offering the e-recycling industry a business-friendly standard that provides customers with all that they desire,” said Salomé Stähli, e-Stewards Program Manager. “We have created a very appealing package containing the highest levels of data security, international legal conformity, and unparalleled performance verification, all now available at a very competitive price.

For more information contact:

Salomé Stähli, e-Stewards Program Manager
+1 (206) 436-8595
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Jim Puckett, Executive Director
Basel Action Network
+1 (206) 652-5555
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About e-Stewards® Certification
The e-Stewards® Standard and Certification identifies and promotes the most ethical and responsible electronics recyclers and refurbishers around the world. e-Stewards Certified Recyclers agree to operate at the highest level of environmental and social responsibility. They will ensure that all residual private data on electronic waste equipment they receive is destroyed and that they will never export any hazardous electronics to developing countries from developed countries. In addition, the highest levels of worker and community protection must be met. Organizations that are e-Stewards Certified are audited yearly by third-party auditors. Performance is further uniquely verified by unannounced inspections and GPS tracking. The e-Stewards program is supported by a network of e-Stewards Enterprise partners, including major corporations, municipalities, nonprofits, and institutions that commit to making best efforts to use e-Stewards Certified Recyclers. For more information on e-Stewards, visit www.e-stewards.org or call +1 (206) 436-8595.