Warning Issued Against Illegal Electronics
Plastics Scrap Shipments
e-Stewards Releases Guide to Export Compliance
for US Electronics Recyclers
November 1, 2023. Seattle, WA. The e-Stewards© Certification Program has published a Guide to Plastic Waste Export Compliance for US Electronics Recyclers to help educate the industry on legal pathways for managing plastic waste from electronics within the legal bounds of the Basel Convention. The report follows the discovery by the Basel Action Network (BAN), the administrator of the e-Stewards Certification, that significant amounts of mixed US e-waste plastics are currently being exported to Malaysia, which cannot legally accept such plastic wastes.
“The current spate of illegal exports of plastic waste puts many recyclers and their trading partners in legal jeopardy and violates the Certifications they may hold,” says Jim Puckett, Executive Director of Basel Action Network. “Such exports also jeopardize the state-legislated producer responsibility programs operating in 23 states by electronics manufacturers. Non-compliance is not an option for anyone, so it is imperative that the matter be addressed together by all industry stakeholders including manufacturers, recyclers, certifications, and state programs."