Middletown, Ohio-based Cohen Electronics and BlueOak Arkansas have announced an exclusivity contract for the processing of all of Cohen’s circuit board scrap at the BlueOak Arkansas facility. The e-scrap is generated at Cohen’s electronic scrap shredding operation in Middletown, Ohio, and will be converted into precious metal-bearing copper shot produced at the BlueOak facility.
Burlingame, California-based BlueOak’s facility in Osceola, Arkansas, uses what it calls proprietary, environmentally friendly technology to recover strategic metals and precious metals from end-of-life electronic scrap. BlueOak is backed by investors that include the Arkansas Teachers Retirement System and KPCB, a California-based venture capital fund. The facility is expected to be fully commissioned and operational in the second quarter of 2017.
“BlueOak’s vision is to ensure the secure and sustainable recovery of strategic metals contained in end-of-life electronics within the United States,” says Ahab Garas, BlueOak Arkansas’ CEO. “Our goal is to set and enforce the highest possible standards in secure data destruction and sustainable e-recycling.”
Cohen Electronics, the e-scrap processing division of Cohen (formerly Cohen Brothers), says it is committed to ensuring the highest possible standards for secure data destruction and sustainability within its IT asset disposition and e-waste recycling operations.
“We believe there can be no shortcuts when it comes to data security and environmental standards,” says Tyler Fojtik, Cohen’s vice president of finance. “Our clients trust Cohen to provide a safe, secure, and environmentally-responsible end-of-life solution for their IT assets,” he continues. “Our new partnership with BlueOak further enhances our best-in-class destruction and recycling services and in doing so helps us raise the bar for secure and sustainable e-waste processing.”