Korean organization Recom, Ltd. first in Asia to achieve e-Stewards certification, demonstrating its commitment to responsible recycling

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – NSF International, a global public and environmental health organization, is the first to provide certification to the e-Stewards Standard for Responsible Recycling and Reuse of Electronic Equipment in Asia. Certification to e-Stewards also includes certification to ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems.

Recom, Ltd, a Hwaseong, South Korea-based company that produces metal materials for recycling, is the first company to become certified to the e-Stewards Standard in Asia.

The e-Stewards Standard program, established by Basel Action Network, provides a framework for end-to-end accountability of e-waste recycling.  Earning certification allows Recom to demonstrate to customers that it follows rigorous requirements for responsible electronic recycling, which helps protect human health and safety by diverting hazardous electronic waste and toxic materials from landfills.

Certification to ISO 14001, an environmental management standard allows organizations to identify, control and reduce the environmental impact of their activities and implement a systematic approach to setting environmental objectives.

“Helping companies establish and verify e-Stewards compliant recycling programs is an important part of the NSF International mission,” said Stacey Blazik, Program Manager for NSF International’s e-Waste program. “Responsible recycling of electronics can have a positive impact on human health and the environment, in addition to  improving a company’s reputation, operations and business opportunities.”

South Korea is home to a number of e-Stewards Enterprises, including LG and Samsung. Enterprise organizations commit to using only e-Stewards certified companies, which provides important motivation for recyclers to participate in this valuable program.

Editor’s Note: To schedule an interview with an Stacey Blazik, e-Waste Program Manager at NSF International, contact media@nsf.org or call +1 734 214 6242.

About NSF International:  NSF International is an independent global organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the construction, food, water, health sciences and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide.  Operating in more than 150 countries, NSF International is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Food Safety, Water Quality and Indoor Environment.

About Recom, Inc.: Recom, Inc. established the first dedicated e-waste facility in South Korea in 1997 and has since became a leader in South Korea, promoting responsible e-waste management and recovery to both the government and private companies. Recom has a clear goal of preserving environmental values and as such recognizes the importance of ensuring responsible management of electronic waste.

About e-Stewards: e-Stewards is a global team of individuals, institutions, businesses, non-profit organizations, and governmental agencies upholding a safe, ethical, and globally responsible standard for e-waste recycling and refurbishment. For more information, visit www.e-Stewards.org.