Sims Recycling Solutions (SRS) Americas, with headquarters in Chicago, has announced plans to obtain e-Stewards certification at all 14 of its electronics processing facilities in North America. The company says its North American facilities already have ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and R2 (Responsible Recycling Practices) certifications as well as EPSC RVQP (Electronics Product Stewardship Canada Recycling Vendor Qualification Committee) certifications in Canada. SRS says that with the addition of the e-Stewards certification, it will maintain the highest level of certification in the electronics recycling industry.
To accomplish this, SRS has been working closely with Seattle-based Basel Action Network (BAN), the creators of the e-Stewards Standard and certification program, on a number of issues, including global waste trade policy and the improvement of the e-Stewards standard and its management. Sims says that it believes that e-Stewards provides the clearest, most unambiguous and robust approach to domestic electronic scrap processing and applauds the recent announcement by BAN to find a third-party host organization to administer for the e-Stewards program.
According to BAN, SRS has signed a contract with Orion Registrars to have all 14 of its North American electronic processing sites be certified to the e-Stewards standards over the next 18 months.
"As the largest electronics recycler in North America,” Steve Skurnac, president of SRS Americas, says, “Sims takes a very considered approach to legislative and market-based initiatives. The addition of the e-Stewards certification to our facilities demonstrates our commitment to meet the highest industry standards with respect to human health and the environment. Sims is a sustainability leader that will continue to pursue the most promising partnerships with other sustainability leaders in industry, in government and environmental organizations."
Jim Puckett, BAN executive director, says, "BAN is thrilled to announce Sims Recycling Solutions' contract to become fully e-Stewards certified. Sims is not only the largest e-waste recycler in North America, but they are among the true leaders in global sustainability as well. Their support of both market initiatives like the e-Stewards certification and legislation in the U.S. Congress to prevent the dumping of hazardous wastes on developing countries must be applauded. Leaders lead, and Sims has clearly shown it has no hesitation in doing so."