California-based company also secures ISO 14001:2004 registration.
ECS Refining, a Santa Clara, Calif.-based electronics recycling firm, has reported that its facility in Terrell, Texas, has been certified to the e-Stewards Standard for Responsible Recycling and Reuse of Electronic Equipment. The standard was developed by the Basel Action Network (BAN), Seattle.
Companies pursuing e-Stewards certification are subject to yearly audits to ensure they comply with the e-Stewards Standard and have a registered ISO 14001:2004 environmental management system in place.
"This is a significant milestone for our company,” says Jim Taggart, CEO of ECS Refining. “Many of our customers and partners have been looking for assurance from electronics recyclers such as ECS that we have the highest standards and processes available in the world."
Taggart continues, "We had been an e-Stewards Founder since the program's inception, but we weren't going to be satisfied until we secured the most relevant industry standard by becoming e-Stewards certified. In addition, we are continuing audits with our other regional processing facilities to provide a fully certified, national solution for our clients."
According to the e-Stewards standard, all of a company’s processing locations must be certified.
Mark Robards, ECS vice president of sales, says, "This designation is extremely meaningful to our customers and prospects. They can be assured that our recycled materials are processed correctly and safely—and not sent overseas. Some of our competitors can't make that claim. This certification publicly validates and extends our 30-year policy of being a conscientious electronics recycling and end-of-life services company that our partners, customers and consumers can trust."
Jim Puckett, executive director of BAN, says, "ECS' addition to our network of responsible recyclers is particularly important, since they have processes that not only serve generators of e-waste but also the electronics recycling industry. Having them as a qualified processor for other recyclers seeking responsible domestic recycling moves our mission of accountable recycling forward."