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1. EcoLights Attains ISO 14001:2004 Certification

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Seattle, Washington (December 8, 2010) – EcoLights, the largest fluorescent lamp recycling company in the Pacific Northwest, has attained the ISO 14001:2004 certification. With the
completion and deployment of a comprehensive Environmental Management System (EMS),
EcoLights has demonstrated it’s commitment to environmental responsibility.

The EcoLights recycling facility, located in Seattle, already operates under permits with the
Washington Department of Ecology and local air agency. The EMS that EcoLights has
implemented is designed to enable them to identify and prevent activities that could adversely
impact the environment. In achieving the ISO 14001:2004 certification, EcoLights will be able to systematically and continually improve the processes used to manage and recycle millions of fluorescent lamps and other potentially hazardous materials each year. The certification was conducted by NSF International, Ann Arbor, MI. NSF is an independent consultancy that audits and assesses the effectiveness of an organization’s Environmental Management System.

Craig Lorch, Vice President and co-owner of EcoLights says the grueling ISO process was a necessary step in the company’s evolution. “Although not required of us, choosing to become an ISO 14001 certified organization makes a clear statement to our customers and the larger community that we are committed to protecting the environment and safeguarding our employees.” EcoLights was created in 1996 by parent company Total Reclaim, the leading
electronics recycling company in the Northwest U.S.

ISO 14001 was originally published in 1996 to help companies improve their environmental
performance. The standard details requirements for an environmental management system and outlines steps an organization can take to further integrate environmentally responsible practices into business processes and operations. For more information on ISO 14001, visit the International Organization for Standardization web site at www.iso.org. (PDF)

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2. Total Reclaim Achieves ISO 14001:2004 Certification

(Press Release PDF)

Seattle, Washington (October 22, 2010) – Total Reclaim, the leading computer and electronics recycling company in the Pacific Northwest, has successfully completed the rigorous process of becoming an ISO 14001:2004 certified organization. After months of developing and implementing a comprehensive Environmental Management System (EMS), Total Reclaim has become one of only a few electronics processors across the county to earn this globally-recognized certification.

The ISO 14001 certification goes far beyond simply complying with environmental regulations. The advanced EMS that Total Reclaim has implemented enables them to systematically identify the ways the company could adversely impact the environment, take measures to avoid environmental harm and evaluate their success in meeting environmental goals. Further, by conforming to the ISO standard, Total Reclaim makes a commitment to continually improve the processes used to manage and recycle millions of pounds of electronic devices each year.  The Total Reclaim certification was conducted by NSF International, Ann Arbor, MI. NSF is an independent consultancy that audits and assesses the effectiveness of an organization’s Environmental Management System.

Total Reclaim has a long-established track record of sound environmental management of electronic waste. In 2003, Total Reclaim became an original signatory of the Basil Action Network’s Electronic Recycler's Pledge of True Stewardship (www.ban.org). BAN is a not-for-profit organization that works to prevent the export of hazardous waste and toxic chemicals to developing countries. In 2009, Total Reclaim was certified by a third party auditor as a Preferred Processor of Electronics for the E-Cycle Washington electronics recycling program (www.ecyclewashington.org). Total Reclaim currently processes tens of millions of pounds of unwanted electronics each year for this program.

“Obtaining ISO 14001 certification represents a major milestone for our company…” said Craig Lorch, Vice President and co-owner of Total Reclaim. “…it demonstrates our commitment to continuous improvement in our recycling programs, to better serve our clients and limit their liability, safeguard our employees, and protect the environment.”

ISO 14001 was originally published in 1996 to help companies improve their environmental performance. The standard details requirements for an environmental management system and outlines steps an organization can take to further integrate environmentally responsible practices into business processes and operations. For more information on ISO 14001, visit the International Organization for Standardization web site at www.iso.org. (PDF)

 

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