Sims Recycling Solutions hosts U.S. Basel Convention meeting
Meeting addresses challenges faced in developing regions around the world
Sims Recycling Solutions, a leading provider of global IT asset disposition (ITAD) services, is hosting the fourth meeting of the Basel Convention Environmentally Sound Management Expert Group in San Francisco, California, November 10 through 12. This meeting is taking place to discuss measures, policies and programs to promote the environmentally sound management of hazardous waste in developing countries.
Attending this week's meeting is 34-person group comprised of experts from environmental ministries, academia, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and the private sector. According to participants, the main goal of the group is to assist developing countries, in a multidisciplinary fashion, with growing their capacity to manage hazardous and other wastes. Sims’ participation affords the company the opportunity to contribute the perspective of a global recycler, shape outputs of the group, and network with other participants.
“We are honored and excited to host the Basel Convention Environmentally Sound Management Expert Group meeting this fall,” said Steve Skurnac, president of Sims Recycling Solutions. “As a global leader in IT asset disposition (ITAD) services it is important that we share best practices and help address challenges faced in developing regions around the world.”
So far the acting group has developed concise and practical manuals and fact sheets. Additionally, the initiative is sponsoring pilot projects on environmentally sound management in developing countries. For highlights from the meeting, updates on OEM take-back needs and the development of electronics recycling infrastructures, subscribe to the quarterly OEM newsletter.