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Tuesday, March 31 2020 - 19:00
New Compensation Program Helps Purchasers Combat Toxic E-waste
STOCKHOLM, March 31, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Thousands of tonnes of toxic e-waste is illegally dumped in vulnerable regions 
every year. A new addition to TCO Certified Edge will help solve the problem. 
By choosing to buy certified IT products, purchasers can make sure that an 
equivalent amount of e-waste is collected and recycled in a safe way. 

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E-waste is an enormous human health and environmental problem. When it's not 
handled in a responsible manner, hazardous substances may be released into the 
environment and potentially end up in the food we eat and the water we drink. 

TCO Development, the organization behind the global sustainability 
certification TCO Certified [], now gives purchasing 
organizations the opportunity to take responsibility for the e-waste they 
generate. When they buy an IT product certified according to the TCO Certified 
Edge criterion, E-waste Compensated, an equivalent amount of e-waste is 
collected in a country lacking in safe recycling systems. The environment is 
protected from hazardous substances and, due to social requirements, fair job 
opportunities are created locally. The collected e-waste is then transported to 
a recycling plant compliant with strict environmental criteria. 

"Through TCO Certified Edge, E-waste Compensated, we want to give purchasers 
and the IT industry a powerful tool for combatting e-waste," says Andreas Rehn, 
Development Manager, at TCO Development. 

Closing the Loop [], a circular service provider, 
is the first approved collector within the framework of TCO Certified Edge, 
E-waste Compensated. 

"E-waste is often seen as a problem, but it also represents opportunities for 
green procurement. Shifting e-waste to where it can be recycled in a 
responsible manner, can give those valuable resources a second life, keeping 
them in the loop of the circular economy," says Joost de Kluijver, founder of 
Closing the Loop.

TCO Certified Edge is a supplemental certification to TCO Certified. The new 
criterion E-waste Compensated is launched on March 31. From this date, 
organizations can use the criterion in their IT procurement. 

TCO Certified Edge, E-waste Compensated 

About TCO Certified
TCO Certified is the world-leading sustainability certification for IT 
products. Our comprehensive criteria are designed to drive social and 
environmental responsibility throughout the product life cycle. Covering 11 
product categories including computers, mobile devices, display products and 
data center products, compliance is independently verified, both pre and post 

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SOURCE:  TCO Development