Company says it has become the first electronics recycler in Kentucky to receive certification.
Global Environmental Services (GES), Georgetown, Ky., has announced its facility has been certified to the e-Stewards Standard for Responsible Recycling and Reuse of Electronic Equipment that was developed by the Basel Action Network (BAN), Seattle.
Jim Puckett, BAN executive director, says, “Certified e-Stewards recyclers are the only electronics recyclers that assure that hazardous electronic waste is not exported to developing countries and is recycled in accordance with the most comprehensive and secure practices in the world.”
“This helps GES customers avoid environmental, health, safety and data security risks that can easily run into the millions of dollars and ensures responsible stewardship of electronic assets,” Puckett continues.
According to GES, preparation for the certification took several months, and the efforts involved a third-party audit of all the company’s downstream participants and vendors. The second and final stage of the certification process was completed in early October 2011. The audit was performed by Orion Registrar, Inc., an independent and accredited Certifying Body.
“We are exceptionally proud to have the official e-Stewards certification on our credentials,” Kenny Gravitt, GES CEO, says. “We’d like to see more regulation in the electronics recycling industry and voluntarily taking on the initiative to prove our own transparency is just one of the many steps we can take to promote a positive change.”
GES also has achieved R2 (Responsible Recycling Practices) certification.