Community News: Scott County facility is world’s first public agency to receive new recycling certification

Scott County's Electronic Demanufacturing Facility is the first in Iowa to receive the R2 certification.

Scott County’s Electronic Demanufacturing Facility is the first in Iowa to receive the R2 certification. (Photo courtesy Waste Commission of Scott County)

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 standards. 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, located in Davenport, Iowa, provides residents and businesses throughout Iowa and western Illinois an environmentally sound and economically feasible disposal option for electronic waste (e-waste).

Workers process material at the Scott County facility.

Workers process material at the Scott County facility. (Photo courtesy waste commission of Scott County.)

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.

This story was submitted to the Council by Erin Vorac at the Waste Commission of Scott County, an Iowa Environmental Council cooperating organization.

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