The electronics recycling firm Sims Recycling Solutions (SRS), has announced that its Elkridge, Md., facility has earned the Maryland Works Employer of the Year award. The award, given Dec. 12, 2012, recognizes local employers that demonstrate a significant commitment to hiring, retaining and advancing individuals with disabilities. SRS says it is the only recipient of the award for 2012.
Employer of the Year is one of six award categories that Maryland Works presents annually.
“We are honored to receive the Maryland Works Employer of the Year award," says Julie Keough, SR’ business process improvement manager. "Sims Recycling Solutions prides itself on providing a zero-harm workplace and giving employees the tools to succeed in work and in life. Winning this award is a testament to that ongoing effort. By establishing relationships with community nonprofits such as Humanim, Sims has been able to create a diverse workforce and provide opportunities to individuals who might not otherwise have had them.”
SRS adds that 15 percent of SRS’ Elkridge workforce is disabled. The company also provides diversity training to help educate and train employees and staff about how to properly interact with individuals with disabilities. This training is a part of a program the local site created to help incorporate individuals with disabilities into the facility’s workforce.
The certified electronics recycling facility in Elkridge provides end-of-life recycling and asset management services for local businesses and consumers. The site consists of 160,000-square-feet of hand-dismantling, baling and asset management services as well as on-site document and digital data destruction. Further processing occurs at other Sims Recycling Solutions locations.