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Please note, as of September 2014, Cascade has been certified to e-Stewards Version 2.0, which introduces a number of more stringent requirements on processing to better protect our customers' liability interests as well as human health & the environment.
What is the e-Stewards Certification program?
e-Stewards Certification is rapidly emerging as the leading global program designed to enable individuals and organizations who dispose of their old electronic equipment to easily identify recyclers that adhere to the highest standard of environmental responsibility and worker protection. This program was developed under the leadership of the Basel Action Network (BAN), the non-profit organization that first exposed the horrors of the dumping of electronic waste on developing countries.
Certified e-Stewards recyclers adhere to the e-Stewards Standard for Responsible Recycling and Reuse of Electronic Equipment®; written by the environmental community with leaders in the industry to protect human health and the global environment. While there are other guidelines written for the recycling industry, the e-Stewards Standard is unique in that it:
The e-Stewards certification program provides a high level of confidence that a recycler consistently conforms to the e-Stewards Standard. Recyclers must be certified by accredited, independent and specially trained e-Stewards certification bodies, via rigorous, on-site audits that are performed at least once a year.
In addition, BAN provides constant oversight of all levels of the program (recyclers, auditor training, certification and accreditation bodies) to ensure on-going integrity of the certifications.
Wide support for e-Stewards Certification
The e-Stewards program is recognized widely by government agencies, private enterprises, and environmental organizations as the best means of vetting electronics recyclers.
The accredited, third-party audited certification program has not only been endorsed by Greenpeace USA, the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Electronics TakeBack Coalition and 68 other environmental organizations, but has also drawn the support of major corporate “e-Stewards Enterprises” including:
“Samsung is honored to be the first electronics manufacturer recognized with the e-Stewards standard for rigorous recycling and e-waste materials management,” said Mr. J.C. Ser, senior vice president for Samsung Electronics America. “This is a major validation of our efforts as we have responsibly recycled more than 20 million pounds of e-waste since the beginning of our Samsung Recycling Direct program in 2008, and plan to continue strengthening our commitment and leadership in this industry.”
“The e-Stewards Enterprise program makes it easy for us to demonstrate that our electronic waste management standards are responsible and align with best practices. By using e-Stewards Recyclers, we know that our old computers and other electronics aren't going to be disposed of in a way that harms people or the environment and that, when possible, electronic components are recycled and reused,” said Mary Wenzel, director of Environmental Affairs, Wells Fargo.
Additional reasons to trust the e-Stewards program
Here are a few reasons that e-Stewards Certification is the industry’s highest assurance that e-waste is disposed of the right way:
The differences between e-Stewards and R2
If your organization is specifying that R2 is a requirement for services, why not demand more of your provider and ask for e-Stewards certification? Regardless, there's no reason to just require R2 certification from your ITAD vendor because e-Stewards is widely recognized as "R2 plus". e-Stewards certification meets all R2 requirements, and then some.