E-Stewards: Driving change in the US
The Basel Action Network (BAN) and the Electronics Take-Back coalition, working with 32 recyclers of electrical and electronic equipment, have announced the E-Stewards programme, which identifies the most responsible recyclers in North America.
The group hopes to end the dumping of toxic e-waste in developing countries. Recent studies revealed that most North American e-waste ends up in China, India or Africa.
The E-Stewards certification and accreditation of responsible recyclers will be the first such scheme in North America.
To date, 32 recyclers, operating in 92 locations have been certified by the E-Stewards scheme. National Accreditation Board certification and third party auditing will be introduced by 2010.
The scheme will recognise responsible recyclers who currently face unfair competition from the thousands of unethical so called “waste shippers”.
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