A couple of months ago I toured a local CloudBlue e-waste recycling facility. After chatting with CloudBlue CEO Ken Beyer, the folks at the Chandler, Ariz., facility graciously opened their doors and provided me with a tour of their facility. At the time, the staff at CloudBlue was in the middle of the e-Stewards Certification process. That process is now over and CloudBlue has been awarded e-Stewards Certification by the Basel Action Network (BAN).
The e-Stewards Certification program launched in April of this year and CloudBlue quickly began the strenuous certification process. So what is the e-Stewards Certification program?
“e-Stewards Certification is rapidly emerging as the leading global program designed to enable individuals and organizations who dispose of their old electronic equipment to easily identify recyclers that adhere to the highest standard of environmental responsibility and worker protection. e-Stewards Certification is open to electronics recyclers, refurbishers and processors in all developed countries.” (Source: e-Stewards)
Although the e-Stewards program isn’t the only e-waste standard available to companies, it is the only program that prohibits the use of prison labor to recycle toxic electronics and the only program to prohibit any toxic waste from being disposed of in solid waste landfills and incinerators. There are also other distinct differences between e-Stewards and other standards, but these are just two examples of how the program sets itself apart from the competition.
Obviously this isn’t a simple certification process and the CloudBlue staff put a lot of hard work into the project. “We built CloudBlue on the core values of social responsibility and data security, providing businesses with a professional service that ensures electronics are consistently dealt with safely and securely,” said Ken Beyer, CEO of CloudBlue. “The e-Stewards Certification not only credits our environmental initiatives, but better enables companies with the need for certified vendors to locate and utilize our range of services.”
Congratulations to Ken Beyer and the entire CloudBlue staff on the e-Stewards Certification award. To learn more about the program and its benefits, visit the e-Stewards website.