STATEMENT REGARDING DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY PENALTY NOTICE
September 1, 2016
We understand that the Washington Department of Ecology has decided to issue a notice of penalty of $444,000 to Total Reclaim related to the export of certain products, first reported in May of this year. Although Total Reclaim will be disputing the penalty, we are fully cooperating with the agency throughout the process and stopped exporting these materials before Ecology’s inquiry began.
Total Reclaim has been a pioneer recycler of electronic and other waste and strongly reaffirms its commitment to surpassing certification requirements of standard-setting bodies. We strive to surpass all processing standards for the waste materials we recycle and continually review our operations to ensure that they meet or surpass requirements of regulatory agencies. We have re-assessed our operations, the reasons we created Total Reclaim in 1990 and are renewing our commitment to be the most environmentally responsible recycler in the region.
Our goal is to continue to earn the trust our customers place in us to provide recycling solutions that meet their needs and protect human health and the environment.
Over the past few months we have taken a number of steps to improve our operations and performance including:
- Retrofitting our $2.4 million “Smasher” to capture mercury potentially liberated during the mechanical processing of electronic devices. Total Reclaim’s Smasher is the only machine of its kind in the Pacific Northwest.
- Designing and constructing new equipment to separate mercury-bearing fluorescent tubes contained in flat screen TVs and computer monitors for recycling with standard fluorescent lighting and mercury bearing bulbs. Again, this is the only machine of its kind in the Pacific Northwest.
- Contracting with an independent third party auditor to conduct a new, thorough inspection of our facilities to ensure our operations meet the Washington Preferred Processor Standards, which was successfully concluded in early June.
- Implementing independent, third party quarterly audits of our operations to ensure continued compliance with regulatory standards, contract requirements and company policies. Results of these audits will be made available to the public via the company website.
- Making our new machines and technologies available to competing recycling companies so they can also take advantage of their improved safety and performance.
- Working with our customers to ensure that their trust in our operations is restored.
Total Reclaim was the first large scale recycler of electronic equipment in the Pacific Northwest. We are working hard every day to rekindle the pioneering spirit that made us one of the most environmentally-responsible recyclers in the region since our founding more than 25 years ago.