Seattle-based Total Reclaim has admitted to exporting broken, mercury-containing flat panel monitors to Hong Kong after an investigation by the Basel Action Network followed the devices overseas. The company’s long-held e-Stewards certification has been withdrawn for two years as a result.
A Midwest electronics recycling executive lied to clients to generate large sums of money and used company funds for gambling and other personal expenses, according to court documents.
In a paper published late last month in the journal Environmental International, Harvard University’s Diana Ceballos and colleague Zhao Dong found that the global formal e-scrap sector has ample room to improve when it comes to reducing environmental and occupational exposures.
An upcoming update to the RIOS certification will include stronger health and safety requirements and a greater focus on the global recycling industry.
Last week’s Electronics Recycling Asia Conference in Singapore touched on the circular economy, industry certifications and the diverse systems in place to recover e-scrap in Southeast Asia.
Can technology be used to better track flows of end-of-life electronics? Industry and government officials discussed that idea this week during a webinar produced by consulting firm TransparentPlanet LLC and the U.S. EPA.
Sustainable Electronics Recycling International has started compiling and publicly posting lists of e-scrap companies with suspended, revoked, expired or reinstated R2 certifications.
When an electronics recycling facility achieves R2 certification, stipulations of the standard extend to activities outside the walls of that building, according to a recent decision.