Toxic Trade News / 22 July 2010
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EPA Recognizes e-Stewards Certification
EPA acknowledges certification program in memo to partners in the Federal Electronics Challenge
by Recycling Today
22 July 2010 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has formally recognized the e-Stewards Recycler Certification and associated e-Stewards Standard for the Responsible Recycling and Reuse of Electronic Equipment, according to a press release issued by the Basel Action Network (BAN), Seattle.

BAN developed the standard and certification program in conjunction with members from the recycling industry and expert in occupational health and safety, data security, certification and other fields.

“We are very pleased that EPA has acknowledged the validity of the standard that growing numbers of individuals, corporations and electronics recyclers consider to be the bottom line in responsible recycling,” says Lauren Roman, BAN e-Stewards business director. “Our standard fully supports the free trade of non-toxic valuable commodities to developing countries while protecting citizens of these nations from the burden of getting toxic waste along for the ride.”

The EPA sent a memo to its partners in the Federal Electronics Challenge that states: “Use of either an R2 (Responsible Recycling) certified or e-Stewards certified electronics recycler meets your federal requirements to employ environmentally sound practices with respect to disposition of electronic products. Use of these certified recyclers requires no further due diligence.”

The EPA also notes on the Responsible Recycling Practices page of its Website: “EPA supports and will continue to push for further safe and protective recycling efforts and encourage improvements in best management practices for recyclers. There are existing recycling certification programs, such as R2 and e-Stewards that EPA believes advance environmentally safe practices and includes standards for use in third party certification of such efforts.”

More information on the e-Stewards initiative is available at

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