PRC’s E-Steward Certification
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.
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. 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 Enterprise model initially only recognized corporations and local governments who took concrete measures to properly handle electronic waste. However, in 2018 PRC became one of the first nonprofits to recieve 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. eStewards Enterprises are major corporations, municipalities, or institutions that agree to make best efforst to ame use of eStewards Certified Recyclers. For more informatoin about the eStewards Initiative visit: www.eStewards.org.