PRC Becomes an e-Steward!

Posted by: Mary Kate Ranii on July 9, 2018

Pennsylvania Resources Council Signs on as an e-Stewards® Enterprise

PA’s oldest grassroots environmental organization recognized for commitment to safely, ethically, and responsibly recycling e-waste


The Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) has further committed to the safe, ethical and responsible recycling of electronic waste through recognition by the Basel Action Network (BAN) as an e­Stewards® Enterprise. The designation recognizes cities, companies and nonprofits that take concrete measures to eliminate the export of hazardous electronic waste (e­waste) to developing countries by using Certified e­Stewards Recyclers to manage their electronic waste.

The e­Stewards standard protects against e­waste dumping in landfills, processing by prisoners, and the export of hazardous e­waste to developing countries. It also ensures worker protection and strict rules for the security of private data stored in electronics.

“PRC joins companies such as Alcoa, Boeing and Samsung – along with the National Resource Defense Council, numerous municipal governments and other environmental stewards – as a committed partner ensuring we continue to doing everything we can to responsibly manage electronic waste,” said PRC Co-Director Justin Stockdale.  “The public can feel confident that their material and data is being safely, ethically, and responsibly recycled when dealing with PRC.”

Throughout the past 15 years, PRC “hard-to-recycle” collection events have enabled 23,000+ residents to recycle nearly 2,000,000 pounds of electronics, 8,800 tires, 2,400 Freon-containing appliances along with cell phones, polystyrene, compact fluorescent bulbs, alkaline batteries and other materials not accepted for curbside refuse collection.

“PRC is committed to the highest environmental and social standards related to our electronic waste collection programs by working solely with eStewards Certified recyclers,” according to Stockdale.  “For the past decade, PRC has worked with a certified e-Steward – eLoop llc, an Export, Pa.-based e-waste recycler – to ensure all materials recycled are managed in the most environmentally and socially responsible manner available.”

The e­Stewards Standard for Responsible Recycling and Reuse of Electronic Equipment remains North America’s most rigorous standard for electronics recycling.

“The e-Stewards designation recognizes organizations that take concrete measures to properly handle electronic waste, and its rigorous standards evaluate our operations, systems and people from top to bottom to demonstrate conformance to the highest standard for responsibility in the industry,” said Stockdale.  “Until recently, the e-Stewards Enterprise model solely recognized corporations and local governments, but PRC is proud to become one of the first nonprofits to receive e-Stewards certification under the recently expanded program.”


About e­Stewards® Certification The  e­Stewards®  Initiative  is  a  market­based  solution  to  help  individuals  and organizations  identify  and  promote  those  electronics  recyclers  that  ensure  that  used electronics  are  managed  with  the  highest  standards  of  environmental  and  social responsibility. e­Stewards Certified Recyclers are audited and certified to ensure highest levels of responsibility and e­Stewards Enterprises are major corporations, municipalities or  institutions  that  agree  to  make  best  efforts  to  make  use  of  e­Stewards  Certified Recyclers. For more information about the e­Stewards Initiative visit: www.e­Stewards.org.

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