Electronic Demanufacturing Facility first public agency in world to be R2 certified PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 20 August 2012 15:24

WASTE COMMISSION’S ELECTRONIC DEMANUFACTURING FACILITY FIRST PUBLIC ENTITY IN THE WORLD TO BE RESPONSIBLE RECYCLING (R2) CERTIFIED

DAVENPORT, Iowa—Waste Commission of Scott County’s Electronic Demanufacturing Facility has achieved Responsible Recycling (R2) certification. It is the first public agency in the world and the only agency in the state of Iowa to achieve this certification. There are approximately 239 facilities globally that hold R2 certification.

The R2 Standard sets forth requirements relating to environmental, health, safety, and security aspects of electronics recycling. R2 also requires recyclers to assure that more toxic material streams are managed safely and responsibly by downstream vendors-all the way to final disposition. It sets requirements for recyclers and their downstream vendors regarding the safe export of toxic materials to certain countries. All of these practices are verified by an independent auditor.

"We are proud to be the first R2-certified facility in the state of Iowa," said Keith Krambeck, special waste manager for Waste Commission of Scott County (Commission). "Becoming R2-certified was one of the goals of the Commission's Environmental, Health and Safety Management System (EHSMS) through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. While we already had an EHSMS in place, the R2 Standard was much more rigorous and our staff worked extremely hard to meet those requirements. Because of this, we feel we have an outstanding EHSMS that will better protect our employees and better serve the needs of our customers," he said.

The Electronic Demanufacturing Facility provides residents and businesses throughout Iowa and western Illinois an environmentally sound and economically feasible disposal option for electronic waste (e-waste). E-waste is defined as anything with a circuit board and or cathode ray tube (CRT) and includes items such as computer monitors, CPUs, TVs, printers, scanners, radios and VCRs.

The facility is located at 1048 East 59th Street in Davenport and is open 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. There is no disposal charge for residents of Scott County, Iowa and Rock Island County, Illinois. For businesses and residents outside those counties, the cost for disposal is 20 cents per pound for TVs, monitors and laptops. Console and projection televisions are a flat fee of $15. All other electronic waste is accepted at no charge. Large or unusual items are assessed on a per item basis. Bettendorf and Davenport residents that receive curbside collection can set e-waste out as bulky waste on their recycling day; no call-ins or appointments are required.

For more information about the Electronic Demanufacturing Facility call (563) 823-0119 or visit www.wastecom.com. For more information about R2 certification, visit www.r2solutions.org.

Waste Commission of Scott County is an inter-governmental agency established in 1972 to provide environmentally sound and economically feasible solid waste management services for Scott County. It operates the Scott Area Landfill, Scott Area Recycling Center, Electronic Demanufacturing Facility, two Household Hazardous Material Facilities, a public education program and a Keep America Beautiful affiliate called iLivehere Quad Cities.

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