Toxic Trade News / 15 April 2010
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Businesses to use certified recyclers for e-waste
by The Associated Press, BusinessWeek
15 April 2010 (Seattle) – Several businesses have joined a new recycling certification program that aims to prevent old computers and other electronics from being dumped overseas or in landfills.

Seattle-based Basel Action Network is announcing the launch of its global e-Stewards program Thursday.

Member businesses agree to use recyclers who do not export electronic waste to developing countries or dump it in municipal landfills.

Certified recyclers undergo independent audits to ensure electronics aren't disposed of in a way that harms people or the environment. Electronics can contain hazards such as mercury, lead and toxic flame retardants.

The businesses include Samsung Electronics America Inc., Capital One Financial Corp., Wells Fargo & Co. and Apollo Group.

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