All the research pointed to BAN's e-Steward designation as the gold standard for recycling. It took almost a year to bring our systems, procedures and practices to a best-in-class level where the e-Steward designation was attainable. We're proud to say Capstone Wireless is the only company in the wireless industry to currently hold the e-Steward designation from BAN.
Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) September 4, 2009
Capstone Wireless, LLC is pleased to announce that the non-profit environmental watchdog Basel Action Network (BAN) has recognized Capstone Wireless as an e-Steward™ electronics recycler, a designation awarded to North American electronics recyclers and asset managers who have been qualified as upholding the highest standard of environmental and social responsibility.
"We congratulate Capstone Wireless on passing our rigorous review," says Jim Puckett, BAN's Executive Director. "The public and Capstone Wireless' customers can feel confident that, unlike most of the electronics recycling industry, Capstone Wireless does not use dumping, prison labor, or poor laborers in developing countries to process e-waste. It is an expensive and complex process to recycle electronics so the poisonous byproducts do not hurt people or the planet. In an industry rife with fraud and false claims, only e-Stewards can prove they are responsible and ethical."
"If you look closely at the wireless industry, you'll find the word 'green' prominently displayed on many companies' literature. However, if you ask for details, you will find that the programs in place are mostly rhetoric-just a 'green washing' of everyday business practices," said Joel Urano, President, Capstone Wireless, LLC. "All the research pointed to BAN's e-Steward designation as the gold standard for recycling. It took almost a year to bring our systems, procedures and practices to a best-in-class level where the e-Steward designation was attainable. We're proud to say Capstone Wireless is the only company in the wireless industry to currently hold the e-Steward designation from BAN."
BAN estimates there are major ethical problems with how approximately 90% of U.S. electronic recycling companies operate:
1. Most so-called "recyclers" actually export the toxic scrap to developing countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, India and China, thus creating enormous horrific toxic dumps that 60 Minutes called "the most poisonous places on earth";
2. They use U.S. prison labor, which poisons the inmates and provides unfair competition to legitimate recyclers in the private sector;
3. They use local municipal landfills and incinerators, passing the toxics to local taxpayers and their groundwater and air;
4. They ignore sensitive personal or corporate data hidden in memory devices on computing and phone equipment;
5. Finally, few protect their own workers from toxic phosphors, dangerous shredder dust from dismantled equipment, and other potent hazards associated with electronics recycling.
In response, BAN and other environmental and social justice advocates have joined with a progressive minority of electronic recycling industry leaders to establish needed rules now known as the "e-Steward Standard." These rules prevent these major problems, and today, over 30 of the most sophisticated electronics recyclers have passed BAN's qualification, increasingly known as the gold standard for the industry. Capstone Wireless is the latest member of this progressive industry leadership.