Universal Recycling Technologies Receives Certifications

Electronics recycler certified to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and e-Stewards standards.

June 7, 2011
Recycling Today Staff

Universal Recycling Technologies LLC (URT) has received ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 and e-Stewards® certificationat its Janesville, Wis., headquarters and processing facility. URT is the 11th recycling company in the United States to achieve e-Stewards certification and is working toward having its four other processing facilities certified in accordance with the e-Stewards standard.

“We are so pleased that both the ISO and e-Stewards auditors validated our continuing efforts to recycle responsibly and efficiently, consistently providing a high-quality customer experience,” URT President Jim Cornwell says. “For our valued customers like Samsung, a longtime environmental champion and e-Stewards Enterprise, this further confirms our commitment to industry-leading service. We have an extremely talented team of professionals here. These honors are a credit to their hard work.”
The ISO 14001:2004 standard recognizes the company’s environmental health and safety management system and is required to achieve e-Stewards certification. The ISO 9001:2008 certifies the company’s quality management system. Both standards were developed by the International Organizations for Standardization.
The e-Stewards certification program, created by the Basel Action Network (BAN), Seattle, is designed to recognize electronics recyclers that adhere to environmentally and socially responsible practices when recovering materials from electronic scrap. The third-party-audited certification program bans exports of hazardous electronic scrap to developing countries and prohibits the use of prison labor and landfill disposal.
Cornwell says, “We are proud to be a part of the ongoing global effort to responsibly dispose of and re-use our resources.”
BAN Executive Director Jim Puckett says of URT, “As one of the few recyclers nationwide who can safely process leaded TV and monitor glass,  the company not only benefits its direct customers but also is a great resource to other recyclers.”
Universal Recycling Technologies LLC has been privately owned by Hendricks Holding Co. since 2007. Inc. URT is a direct processor for Samsung and is an approved processor for the Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Management Co. (MRM), a consortium of more than 30 leading OEMs founded by Panasonic, Sharp and Toshiba.