e-Cycle congratulates the city of Placentia, California for becoming the first city in Southern California to achieve status of e-Stewards Enterprise by the Basel Action Network. The distinction recognizes cities, counties and companies for taking significant strides to eliminate the export of hazardous electronic waste to developing countries by using certified e-Stewards® recyclers.
San Francisco and San Jose as well as King County in the State of Washington have already joined the BAN program and pledged to uphold the most globally responsible management of electronic waste.
Electronic waste is the world’s fastest growing waste stream. According to Time Magazine, Americans throw away more than 350,000 cell phones and 130,000 computers every day. If not properly disposed of, the toxic materials contained in these devices can pollute groundwater, harm the environment and endanger our communities. Additionally, the EPA estimates that 70 to 80 percent of electronics recycling companies in this country either directly or indirectly export electronic waste into “toxic wastelands” in developing countries.
“Leaders lead, and Placentia, and other e-Stewards Enterprises, have demonstrated that the status quo where 80% of electronic waste is routinely dumped in developing countries or our local landfills is just not acceptable anymore,” said Jim Puckett, Executive Director of BAN. “To shrink our toxic footprint and our carbon footprint, and to ensure a safe future for our children, every city, county and business in the nation needs to join the e-Stewards campaign for safe and sane management of our growing mountains of e-waste.”
e-Stewards Enterprises agree to use e-Stewards certified recyclers to dispose of toxic e-Waste. BAN created e-Stewards®, the world’s most rigorous standard for electronics recycling, to ensure certified recyclers consistently conform to the highest standards for responsible recycling and reuse of electronic equipment, worker safety and data security. This globally recognized certification program is the only certification that strictly prohibits the export of toxic e-waste into developing countries and bans the use of child and prison labor.
e-Cycle is the First e-Stewards Certified Mobile Buyback and Recycling Company in the World
In January 2012, e-Cycle became the first mobile buyback and recycling company to achieve e-Stewards certification. e-Cycle helps organizations take a more responsible, secure and cost-effective approach to wireless recycling. The company collects wireless phones from businesses and major organizations, reimbursing them for devices that retain value and recycling all others at no charge. The information on every phone is either deleted or destroyed through the industry’s most rigorous data security measures. In 2012, e-Cycle was ranked the #68 most promising company in America by Forbes and the #21 fastest growing, private business services company in the U.S. on the Inc. 500 list. Find more information at www.e-Cycle.com.