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|Type||Non-governmental organization, environmental organization|
|Focus(es)||Electronics Waste (ewaste) Recycling Certification|
The e-Stewards Initiative is an electronics waste recycling standard created by the Basel Action Network.
In 2009, BAN published the e-Stewards Standard for Responsible Recycling and Reuse of Electronic Equipment which set forth requirements for becoming a Certified e-Stewards Recycler—a program that "recognizes electronics recyclers that adhere to the most stringent environmentally and socially responsible practices when recovering hazardous electronic materials." Recyclers that were qualified under the older Pledge program had until September 1, 2011 to achieve certification to the Standard by an e-Stewards Accredited Certification Body accredited by ANAB (ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board).
The e-Stewards Standard for Responsible Recycling and Reuse of Electronic Equipment was developed by the Basel Action Network. It is an industry-specific environmental management system standard that is the basis for the e-Stewards Initiative. On March 6, 2012, BAN released and updated revised Version 2.0 to open public comment prior to its final adoption later in the spring of 2012.
The certification is available to all electronics recyclers and refurbishers. To achieve e-Stewards certification companies are subject to yearly audits to ensure they comply with the standard and have a registered ISO 14001 environmental management system in place, as well as achieving numerous performance requirements including assuring no export of hazardous electronic wastes to developing countries, no use of prison labor and no dumping of toxic materials in municipal landfills, and pay an annual fee of 1% of the company's profit to BAN.
- Basel Convention
- Basel Action Network
- Electronic waste
- Electronic waste by country
- ISO 14001
- Digger gold
- Hazardous waste
- "Onsite Electronics Recycling earns e-Stewards certification". Recycling Today. August 31, 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-02.