Today, e-Stewards®, the ethical electronics recycling certification program, announced a one-time new Early Bird Special opportunity for recyclers not yet certified to e-Stewards to become certified to the latest e-Stewards Version 4.0. New recyclers must take advantage of this offer by November 20, 2019, and commit to having their first facility certified to Version 4.0 within 6 months of the Standard release date slated for February 25, 2020.
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Technology, and the innovation behind it, moves quickly. It appears that every time we turn around there is a new product, a new system, a new must-have that will revolutionize the way we interact with the world around us and the people in it. The rapid pace at which tech moves makes for exciting times indeed, but there is a little known danger from the quick product turnarounds and constant innovation we have come to expect. In a mounting fight against the toxic e-waste stemming from our increasing number of outdated and discarded technologies, we are forced to question the ethical implications of our dependence on the latest and greatest gadgets. As electronics – computers, televisions, VCRs, stereos or copiers – reach the end of their “useful life,” the issue of how to safely and effectively dispose of their parts, some of which can be hazardous, becomes cause for concern. As an issue that often goes unconsidered, the solution to e-waste is one that depends on education, conversation, and information proliferation.