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How does the e-Stewards Standard address the refurbishment and reuse of electronics?

A: The e-Stewards Standard recognizes the importance of refurbishment and reuse as a means of
extending the life of electronic products and reducing waste. However, the standard also includes
requirements to ensure that refurbishment and reuse activities are conducted responsibly and do
not contribute to the export of hazardous electronic waste. Key requirements for refurbishment
and reuse under the e-Stewards Standard include:

  1. Testing and certification: All equipment and components destined for reuse must be
    tested and certified as fully functional, safe, and fit for purpose.
  2. Data sanitization: All data-bearing devices must undergo appropriate data sanitization
    processes to protect customer information and privacy.
  3. Disclosure and labeling: Refurbished or reused electronics must be properly labeled and
    accompanied by disclosure statements indicating their status as used or refurbished
  4. Export controls: The export of untested or non-functional electronics for reuse is
    prohibited under the e-Stewards Standard, and all exports of tested, functional electronics
    must comply with applicable laws and regulations.
  5. Downstream due diligence: Certified recyclers must conduct due diligence on
    downstream vendors involved in refurbishment and reuse activities to ensure that they are
    properly licensed, permitted, and capable of managing the electronics responsibly.
  6. Recordkeeping: Certified recyclers must maintain detailed records of all refurbishment
    and reuse activities, including testing results, data sanitization processes, and downstream
    vendor information.
    By promoting responsible refurbishment and reuse practices, the e-Stewards Standard seeks to
    maximize the value and utility of electronic products while minimizing the environmental and
    social impacts of electronic waste.