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Napa, California Joins Campaign to Tackle Electronic Waste

City Recognized as “e-Stewards Enterprise”

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By: Basel Action Network

SEATTLE, Wash. Jan. 30, 2013 - The Basel Action Network ( BAN ) announced today that the nor e-Stewards® Enterprise. This designation recognizes citithern California city of Napa has just achieved the status ofes, counties and companies that make best efforts to responsibly recycle their electronic waste by using e-Stewards Certified Recyclers. The e-Stewards certification does not allow dumping of toxic e-waste in local area landfills or incinerators, and also forbids the export of hazardous electronic waste to developing countries.

Napa joins the cities of San Francisco, San Jose and Placentia, California, as well as dozens of companies and institutions in the e-Stewards Enterprise program that reward those who manage their e-waste in the most globally responsible manner.

"We do take the matter very seriously and have ongoing concerns about the proper handling, recycling and disposal of hazardous and toxic electronic waste, both at home and abroad," said Kevin Miller, Recycling Manager of the City of Napa. "We rely on the third-party monitoring of the e-Stewards certification program to independently verify that safe and responsible recycling is occurring," he said.

E-waste is the world's fastest growing pollution problem. According to Time Magazine, Americans throw out more than 350,000 cell phones and 130,000 computers every day. Approximately 80% of electronic waste delivered to recyclers is actually exported to developing countries. Improperly disposed of, the lead, mercury and other toxic materials inside e-waste can poison workers and pollute communities.

"Leaders lead, and Napa, along with other e-Stewards Enterprises, have demonstrated that the status quo where much of our 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 children everywhere, every city, county and business in the nation needs to join our e-Stewards campaign for safe and sane management of e-waste."

The nonprofit BAN created the world's most rigorous standard for electronics recycling, called the e-Stewards Standard for Responsible Recycling and Reuse of Electronic Equipment. As an e-Stewards Enterprise, Napa commits to using, whenever possible, recyclers that are annually audited and certified to the e-Stewards Standard which, among other things, prevents the global dumping of toxic e-waste on developing countries.

The e-Stewards® Initiative is a market-based 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. e-Stewards Certified Recyclers are audited and certified to ensure highest levels of responsibility and e-Stewards Enterprises are major corporations, municipalities or institutions that agree to make best efforts to make use of e-Stewards Certified Recyclers. For more information about the e-Stewards Initiative visit: www.e-Stewards.org

Founded in 1997, the Basel Action Network is a 501(c)3 charitable organization of the United States, based in Seattle, WA. BAN is the world's only organization focused on confronting the global environmental justice and economic inefficiency of toxic trade and its devastating impacts. Today BAN serves as the information clearinghouse on the subject of waste trade for journalists, academics, and the general public. Through its investigations, BAN uncovered the tragedy of hazardous electronic waste dumping in developing countries. For more information, see www.BAN.org.

 

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