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How does the e-Stewards Standard address the export of electronic waste?

A: The e-Stewards Standard includes strict requirements for the export of electronic waste to
prevent the dumping of hazardous materials in developing countries and ensure responsible
management throughout the recycling chain. Key export provisions include:

  1. Prohibiting the export of hazardous electronic waste from developed to developing
    countries, in accordance with the Basel Convention and Basel Ban Amendment.
  2. Requiring full transparency and accountability for all electronic waste exports, including
    detailed documentation and tracking of material flows.
  3. Ensuring that all electronic waste exports are managed in accordance with the laws and
    regulations of the exporting, transit, and importing countries.
  4. Conducting due diligence on downstream vendors and ensuring that all facilities
    receiving exported materials are properly licensed, permitted, and capable of managing
    the waste responsibly.
  5. Implementing written agreements and control systems with downstream vendors to
    ensure ongoing conformance to the e-Stewards Standard.
    Certified organizations must also comply with specific requirements for the export of used
    electronics for reuse, including functionality testing, data sanitization, and packaging and
    shipping controls. The standard aims to promote responsible trade in electronic waste while
    preventing the externalization of harm to vulnerable communities and ecosystems.