ecoATM Environmental Commitment
ecoATM is committed to supporting the highest environmental standards in the industry. This includes being certified to Responsible Recycling (R2) and ISO 14001 standards. The R2 standard is a global environmental, worker health and safety standard for refurbishing and recycling industry. ecoATM’s environmental commitment is intended to preclude issues such as intentional or unintentional dumping of toxic materials into the developing world.
Read about ISO 14001: http://www.iso.org/iso/iso14000
Read more from ecoATM on why e-Waste Recycling is important
In addition to our commitment to R2 and ISO 14001, ecoATM is active in a variety of industry organizations focused on evolving e-waste legislation and defining best practices for the industry, including:
- The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)
- The Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse (ERCC), of which we are a founding member
- The Device Renewal Forum (DRF)
Going Green with ecoATM
At ecoATM, most of the devices sold to our kiosks are reused, while the remaining devices are recycled.
Almost all consumer electronics (mobile phones, computers, monitors, printers, etc.) contain toxic materials such as lead, mercury, arsenic and other materials that pose a threat to the environment and our health. The first and best thing we can do is to extend the life of existing devices as long as possible so that there is no need to build new devices to take their place. The next best thing we can do is to responsibly recycle and reclaim materials from devices that are truly end-of-life.
Most consumer electronics and mobile phones are retired when they still have about three quarters of their useful life remaining. Many of these products have been designed to last, but have been upgraded by consumers looking for newer features, performance or size. These used devices generally have value in another part of the market. However, the majority rarely find a second life because the reverse supply chains are not yet efficient enough to serve the market well. ecoATM is working hard to change this by providing a cash incentive when people recycle cell phones and other mobile devices. As part of our R2 certification, we require that reuse and remanufacturing be conducted in conformance with the downstream vendor requirements of R2, which means we hold our buyers to a high level of standards when working with ecoATM.
At some point in the lifecycle of a device it becomes truly end-of-life. For the devices that ecoATM collects which we cannot find a second life, we partner with the best e-waste reclamation facilities in the country to ensure materials, including precious metals, spare parts and others, are reclaimed and reused in place of mining new materials and precious metals from the Earth. This material re-use is a key component to solving the e-waste problem. ecoATM only partners with a limited number of e-waste recyclers who meet our qualifications and meet either R2 or e-Stewards.
ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS OF ECOATM
ecoATM has made strides in its history, recently recycling three million devices. This is a major milestone for the company and the environment. The collection of three million devices has enabled the recovery or reuse of:
Reusing and recycling devices has environmental benefits beyond the material usage – it also reduces the energy needed for mining and manufacturing brand new devices. According to EPA calculators, the average environmental impact of a single ecoATM recycling and reusing phones over a one year period is equivalent to the energy savings of taking four US houses off the grid.
The ecoATM network of kiosks in 2013 resulted in:
Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S) Policy
The goal of ecoATM is to have a positive impact on the environment through responsible recycling including the conservation of metals, plastic and other non-renewable resources. ecoATM is committed to accomplishing its business objectives while meeting the environmental, health and safety expectations of stakeholders including our management, employees, customers, suppliers and regulators.
ecoATM is committed to following our EH&S management system, which conforms to the R2: 2013, OHSAS 18001:2007 and ISO 14001: 2004 standards. We are equally committed to meet or exceed our customer requirements, to continually improve our processes and to maintain compliance with relevant environmental, occupational health and safety, and data security legislation and regulations.
We strive to minimize adverse impacts on the environment by managing used and end-of-life electronic equipment, components and materials – with respect to both on-site activities and the selection of downstream vendors – using a “reuse, recover, dispose” hierarchy of responsible management strategies.
To achieve the above stated objectives, ecoATM is committed to:
We recognize that the responsibilities for protection of the environment and employee health & safety are shared, requiring cooperation between our employees and management. ecoATM will continually improve its environmental and health and safety performance through responsible recycling requirements. This will include setting goals, taking into consideration our business, financial, operational and legal requirements as well as the views of interested parties.