fights illicit European e-waste exports
Despite laws and international treaties that
ban export of electronic waste from Europe to developing countries,
recent reports have spotlighted how this illicit trade continues
to flow freely and devastate the environment in impoverished
nations across Africa and Asia. Redemtech, a specialist in IT
asset management and Technology Change Management (TCM), is the
first company to achieve e-Stewards® Electronic Recycling Certification
in Europe – a key advantage toward helping European Union and
multi-national organizations ensure environmental responsibility
and legal compliance.
E-Stewards is a globally accredited, third-party audited program
developed by the Basel Action Network (BAN), with support from
environmental groups and industry leaders. E-Stewards is the
first certification standard available in Europe that ensures
that recyclers do not deposit toxic e-waste in landfills or export
it to the developing world.
E-Stewards certification enforces compliance with European WEEE
regulations by demanding a level of accountability and audit
control that is unprecedented in the industry.
The Redemtech TCM Centre in Surrey, United Kingdom, is the first
e-Stewards-certified facility in Europe – and the first outside
the United States. “E-waste is an ongoing problem across Europe,
and we are committed to delivering solutions of the highest standard
for our clients, to ensure an efficient, cost-effective approach
to essential due diligence,” said Robert Houghton, president
While the EU has enacted advanced e-waste disposition policies,
laws are not always applied evenly across all member countries
and full enforcement is not possible, according to Jim Puckett,
executive director of BAN.
“Redemtech has been a long-term advocate for globally responsible
electronics recycling and is an e-Stewards Founder,” said Puckett.
“With its expanding global presence and focus on reuse of computer
equipment, Redemtech enables European enterprises to ensure the
highest standards of environmental stewardship.”
Established in Europe in 2002, Redemtech serves large enterprises
in a wide range of industries across the United Kingdom and European
“The e-Stewards standard is consistent with the operating practices
we have employed at this facility since its inception,” said
Robin Gue, managing director of Redemtech’s European operations.
“The certification gives our clients added confidence that their
electronic waste is not contributing to the global e-waste problem
and is being handled in accordance with all local and international