It’s good to hear that the Basel Action Network (BAN), the group that told the world about the dumping of toxic electronic waste in China and Africa, last week officially launched the world’s first ‘global’ e-waste recycler certification. It’s backed by both environmental organisations and major corporations.
The certification is built round the e-Stewards Standard, created by BAN with input from industry leaders and health and environmental specialists. The Standard calls for recyclers to stop exporting hazardous e-wastes to developing countries, to stop dumping such wastes in municipal landfills and to stop the use of captive prison populations to manage toxic e-wastes.
There are 50 e-Stewards Recyclers that have already passed a review by BAN as the first step to certification and each has committed to becoming fully certified by September 2011. Several have already received full certification.
Sounds like a great initiative and I hope it really does get adopted globally. As far as this announcement is concerned, though, all the companies involved are US-based.