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Activists launch certification for e-waste recycling

Activists groups on Monday launched a certification program meant to identify responsible recyclers of electronic gear in North America.

The program, called the e-Steward Initiative, was organized by the Basel Action Network, the Electronics TakeBack Coalition, and Electronic Recyclers International.

The launch of the program was timed with the release of a 60 Minutes segment that publicized problems in the electronic waste recycling industry.

“Unfortunately today, most companies calling themselves electronics recyclers are scammers,” said Sarah Westervelt, e-Stewards project coordinator at the Basel Action Network (BAN) in Seattle, in a statement. “They simply load up containers of old computers and ship them off to China or Africa.”

Watch CBS Videos OnlineThe point of e-Steward Initiative is to certify that toxic materials from computers and cathode-ray tubes are not dumped in developing countries, local landfills, or incinerators. It is also meant to audit the use of prison labor or unauthorized release of private data.

Take-back and recycling services
Meanwhile, there is a growing number of services aimed at taking back electronics either for resale or recycling.

Second Rotation, a company that offers a take-back service for consumer electronics, said on Monday that it has raised a series B round of funding worth $6 million. The company’s Gazelle’s service will buy back used electronics. Data is erased and the products are then resold or recycled.

Another firm, called Flipswap, offers a trade-in service where it buys back used cell phones and iPhones to resell them. The company is expected to raise a round of funding in the coming weeks.

Another new company in tech recycling and repurposing is TechForward, which launched a buy-back program offered to consumers at the point of sale.

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