Sims Recycling Solutions Achieves e-Stewards Certification
Certification gives Sims highest level certification in the industry
Sims Recycling Solutions, the global leader in electronics reuse and recycling, recently announced that it has achieved e-Stewards® certification at all the company's U.S. processing sites and at the Toronto, Ontario facility, assuring its placement as the electronics recycler with the highest level of certification in the industry. The two additional Canadian sites in Vancouver, B.C. and Montreal, QC are scheduled to be certified this summer 2014.
The e-Stewards certification was created by the Basel Action Network (BAN), a non-profit environmental organization focused on preventing irresponsible trade of toxic waste, including electronic waste (e-waste). This accredited third-party certification program identifies recyclers that will not export their toxic e-waste to developing countries, dump it in local landfills or use labor in prisons.
The e-Stewards standard is endorsed by more than 70 environmental groups, as well as more than 70 major enterprise companies and cities. Customers using a certified e-Stewards recycler can be confident that throughout the entire recycling process this group of recyclers provides complete data destruction, upholds environmental and social responsibility, and are aware of all relevant laws to ensure responsible recycling.
“If a company wishes to be called a leader, then it must indeed lead,” said BAN founder, Jim Puckett. “Sims Recycling Solutions has proven itself to be a company at the forefront of corporate responsibility, often taking unpopular and costly positions to prevent global e-waste pollution.”
“The e-Stewards certification is the standard that most responsible enterprises refer to when selecting a recycler,” stated Steve Skurnac, president of Sims Recycling Solutions.
“Among our extensive profile of health, safety and environmental management certifications, the e-Stewards certification will further provide our customers with the assurance that we are handling their material with integrity and accountability.”
Sims Recycling Solutions works closely with recognized industry associations to ensure business operations follow and exceed established industry standards. Sims strives to continuously improve its health, safety, quality and environmental practices. Each facility has full-time managers who oversee internationally recognized corporate safety programs. Additional certifications maintained by Sims include Responsible Recycling (R2), ISO 9001 and 14001, OHSAS 18001 and Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA).
Sims Recycling Solutions is a global leader in the secure, sustainable and responsible recovery of retired electronics for reuse and recycling. www.us.simsrecycling.com
The e-Stewards® Initiative is a market-based solution to help individuals and organizations identify and promote those electronics recyclers that ensure that used electronics are managed with the highest standards of environmental and social responsibility. e-Stewards Certified Recyclers are audited and certified to ensure highest levels of responsibility and e-Stewards Enterprises are major corporations, municipalities or institutions that agree to make best efforts to make use of e-Stewards Certified Recyclers.
Founded in 1997, the Basel Action Network is a 501(c)3 charitable organization of the United States, based in Seattle, WA. BAN is the world's only organization focused on confronting the global environmental justice and economic inefficiency of toxic trade and its devastating impacts. Today, BAN serves as the information clearinghouse on the subject of waste trade for journalists, academics, and the general public. Through its investigations, BAN uncovered the tragedy of hazardous electronic waste dumping in developing countries. For more information, see www.BAN.org.