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This post continues our blog series on recycling. In particular, the growing need for electronics recycling. Exploring electronics recycling led us to e-Stewards, a global leader in promoting safe and healthy electronics recycling. Click here to view the company website.

The e-Stewards Standard

Headquartered in downtown Seattle, e-Stewards targets companies serving the electronics recycling industry. A company becomes certified by a third party certifying body once the company passes the rigorous audit.

The e-Stewards Standard addresses the following:

  • Protects customers from data breach
  • Prevents toxic e-waste
  • Helps protect the environment and human health
  • Child labor
  • Fire prevention
  • International law

The company mission states:

The e-Stewards initiative defines and promotes responsible electronics reuse and recycling best practices worldwide.

The e-Stewards Standard combines 14001 and R2 (Responsible Recycling) prohibiting e-waste from being disposed in landfills and incinerators. The standard also requires full compliance with global hazardous waste treaties for the exporting and importing of electronics.

Most importantly, the e-Stewards certification offers the peace of mind to businesses and consumers alike that the certified recycling company institutes practices of integrity:

e-Stewards is a global team of individuals, institutions, businesses, non-profit organizations, and governmental agencies upholding a safe, ethical, and globally responsible standard for e-waste recycling and refurbishment. We stop the export of illegal hazardous e-waste to developing nations and create a safe, green, and just world through sharing and using the principled and practical standard for electronics recycling and reuse.

Basel Action Network

The roots of e-Stewards trace to the the Basel Action Network (BAN) which namesake derives from the 1989 United Nations Basel Convention. The BAN mission includes the following:

In 2003, the Basel Action Network, a nonprofit dedicated to turning back the tide of toxins and waste to developing nations, launched the e-Stewards Pledge program. Over forty qualified electronics recyclers with one hundred locations across the US and Canada pledged to use only globally responsible, safe means to process electronic waste, more widely known as e-waste. BAN’s e-Stewards Pledge was the only program in North America to make real progress in establishing and ensuring e-waste recycling best practices for toxic materials.

In addition, e-Stewards addresses and identifies the main culprits that cause environmental concerns with electronics recycling or e-waste. Adhering to the foundation of the 1989 United Nations Basel Convention of restricting hazardous and toxic material.

For example, revealing the risks and challenges with CRT tubes:

E-waste contains toxic metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium as well as toxic organic chemicals such as brominated flame retardants. Old style cathode-ray-tube (CRT) computer monitors can contain up to 7 pounds of lead in the CRT tubes. In addition and even more dangerous, are the toxic phosphor compound coatings inside the tube. Most circuit boards, found in virtually all e-waste, still contain toxic lead-tin solders, toxic beryllium and  persistent polluting brominated flame retardants.

Finally, check out this link which titled “Who Gets Stepped On”  which includes an interesting video.

Also, here is another video on electronics recycling best practices from 60 Minutes on CBS:

Wrapping It Up 

Thank you for reading our post. Hopefully you found this information helpful when selecting a electronics recycling firm.

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Last week we posted a blog on the Benefits of Recycling. As an electronics manufacturer, recycling plays an extremely important role in operations. Especially as the demand for electronics recycling continues to dramatically increase. Small business owners and consumers need reliable outlets for e-waste solutions. Below we explore several resourceful options.

Increasing Demand for Electronics Recycling

The use of computers and mobile devices continues to grow exponentially.

According to an article posted on the U.S. Census Bureau, reports show “a stunning increase in reported mobile broadband usage” within the U.S.

For example, 2016 data revealed that two-thirds of Americans access the internet through mobile devices.

Seems like that number must be much higher by now. It is hard to image anyone without a mobile device these days.

The Pew Research Center also reported that 84% of adults in the U.S. say their household possess a smart phone. Furthermore, 80% say they own a desktop or laptop computer.

Combine this with additional household electronic appliances such as washers, dryers, dish washers, and microwaves. In addition, throw in all of the big-screen TVs.

The National Conference of State Legislatures claim that the average household contains 24 electronic products.

To summarize, that’s a long list of electronics. Millions upon millions.

When all of these devices become unwanted and obsolete, then what?

Where do all of these electronics end up?

Electronics Recycling

E-Waste Concerns 

With these staggering household numbers of electronics ownership, just think of the amount of electronics at the average small business. Especially with the increasing reliance on electronics to run a business.

Electronic waste or e-waste is a growing concern for all small business owners.

How is e-waste defined? We turn to the e-waste experts at e-Stewards, an e-waste certification agency located in Seattle for a definition.

E-waste is defined by e-Stewards as the following:

E-waste stands for electronic waste, and is what your company, or institution generates when you replace or otherwise need to dispose of electronic assets such as phones, tablets, servers, monitors, copiers, computers, printers, fax machines, etc.

Growing e-waste concerns places a responsibility on every professional office and small business owner to figure out what to do with electronics once no longer useful.

Electronics Recycling Resources 

So, what are small business to do when it comes to electronics recycling?

Many times a small business either just doesn’t possess the necessary information or education on proper recycling practices. In other cases, employees get extremely busy. Recycling just isn’t front of mind.

Designate an internal leader to take charge of your recycling efforts.

Individuals with a passion for the environment and recycling serves well as an internal champion.

Also, take advantage of the many resources available for electronics recycling at your organization.

The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) offers helpful information of recycling options for electronics such as computers and devices: Click here. At the bottom of the page shows a list businesses that accept electronics for recycling.

For example, Best Buy offers electronics recycling, For more info click here.

Another option, find a local company that offers electronics recycling services. Conduct a Google search for “Electronics Recycling” to check out local options. Many communities offer free recycling events.

Wastecare Corporation offers recycling tips for manufacturers. Check out this link:

https://www.wastecare.com/Articles/Waste_Reduction_Recycling_Tips_Manufacturing.htm

Additional resourceful websites on electronics recycling:

Wrapping It Up

Thanks for reading our post on Electronics Recycling. Hopefully you find theses resources helpful.

Finally , to learn more about Falconer Electronics, check out these helpful links below:

Tackling Recycling

Why should you recycle? Does it really help the environment? What is recycling?

     Recycling is the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and instead turning them into new products.

There are many different products that are part of the recycling family. Also, most products have recycling symbols on them. This is so everyone knows what goes in recycling bins.

Some symbols include the following:
Recycle Symbols

 

What Can You Recycle You May Ask?

Here is a list of the most common recycling materials:

  • Paper
    • 25 percent of solid waste generated each year
    • Americans also recycled almost 67 percent of the paper they used in 2015
  • Batteries
    • Dry-Cell Batteries are used in a variety of electronics.
    • The list includes:
      • alkaline and carbon zinc (9-volt, D, C, AA, AAA)
      • Mercuric-oxide (button, some cylindrical and rectangular)
      • Silver-oxide and zinc-air (button)
      • Lithium (9-volt, C, AA, coin, button, rechargeable) batteries.
  • Plastics
    • Almost 35 million tons of plastics were generated in the United States in 2015.
    • Only 9.1 percent of plastics was recycled in 2015.
  • Glass
    • Glass containers for food and beverage 
    • In 2015 11.5 million tons of glass were generated
    • Also, about 26 percent of which was recycling.
  • Used Oil
    •  It takes 42 gallons of crude oil, but only one gallon of used oil, to produce 2.5 quarts of new motor oil.
    • The used oil from one oil change can contaminate one million gallons of fresh water.
  • Household Hazardous Waste
    • Products such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides that contain potentially hazardous ingredients require special care when you dispose of them.
    • These also may be dangerous to people or bad for the environment if poured down the drain, dumped on the ground, or thrown out with regular trash.
    • Finally, check with your local waste management agency to see what rules apply in your community.
  • Tires.
    • You may be able to return used tires to either a tire retailer or a local recycling facility that accepts tires.
    • Tire piles create an environmental danger especially with when a fire occurs. 

Recycle BenefitsRecycl

First of all, it reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills. Another benefit is that it conserves natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals. It also helps us saves energy. Another positive factor is that it supports American manufacturing and conserves valuable resources. Finally, it also helps create jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries in the United States.

Check out this informative video to learn more:

To learn more about why you should recycle check out this page!

This is the first of our recycling series! Check back for next week for more on recycling!

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