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What are the requirements for managing materials of concern under the e-Stewards Standard?

A: The e-Stewards Standard includes specific requirements for the identification, handling, and
downstream management of materials of concern (MOCs) commonly found in electronic waste.
MOCs are defined as hazardous or problematic substances that pose risks to human health and
the environment if not managed properly. Key requirements for managing MOCs include:

  1. Identifying and segregating MOCs: Certified recyclers must have processes in place to
    identify and segregate MOCs from other electronic waste streams to ensure proper
    handling and downstream management.
  2. Proper handling and storage: MOCs must be handled and stored in a manner that prevents
    releases to the environment and protects worker health and safety, including the use of
    appropriate containers, labeling, and storage areas.
  3. Restrictions on processing methods: The standard prohibits the use of certain processing
    methods for MOCs, such as open burning, uncontrolled smelting, or informal processing,
    which can release hazardous substances and pose risks to workers and communities.
  4. Downstream due diligence: Certified recyclers must conduct due diligence on
    downstream vendors to ensure that MOCs are only sent to facilities that are properly
    licensed, permitted, and capable of managing the materials safely and responsibly.
  5. Tracking and documentation: Certified recyclers must maintain detailed records of all
    MOC shipments and receipts, including downstream vendor information and final
  6. Export restrictions: The export of MOCs is subject to the same restrictions and
    requirements as other hazardous electronic waste under the e-Stewards Standard,
    including the prohibition on exports to developing countries.
    Specific requirements are outlined for a range of MOCs, including mercury, lead, beryllium,
    batteries, cathode ray tubes (CRTs), and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), among others. The
    standard aims to ensure that all MOCs are managed in a manner that protects human health and
    the environment throughout the recycling chain.