Our Green Recycling Pledge
There are major ethical problems with how approximately 90% of U.S. electronic recycling companies operate:
- Most so-called “recyclers” actually export the toxic scrap to developing countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, India, and China, thus creating the enormous horrific toxic dumps that 60 Minutes called “the most poisonous places on earth.”
- They use U.S. prison labor, which poisons the inmates and provides unfair competition to legitimate recyclers in the private sector.
- They use local municipal landfills and incinerators, passing the toxics to local taxpayers and their groundwater and air.
- They ignore sensitive personal or corporate data hidden in memory devices on computing and phone equipment.
- Few protect their own workers from toxic phosphors, dangerous shredder dust from dismantled equipment, and other potent hazards associated with electronics recycling.
By recycling with All Green Electronics Recycling, be rest assured that none of your e-waste will reach landfills or developing nations.
The standard is rigorous and goes above and beyond EPA standards. As an electronics recycler, All Green Electronics Recycling guarantees that all of the following standards are strictly observed:
- Definitions of hazardous e-waste are based on international definitions.
- Strict control of exportation of hazardous electronic wastes to conform to the Amendment to the Basel Convention and other existing laws. Exporting of hazardous e-waste from developed to developing countries is not permitted.
- Safe on-site handling of hazardous e-waste and other problematic components and materials, such as no shredding of mercury.
- Full accountability for the entire downstream recycling chain for the toxic materials to final disposition.
- When data security services are offered, conformance with the NIST 800-88 Guidelines for Media Sanitization, address additional hard drive imperfections, and provide customers with written agreements regarding services provided and customer indemnity.
- Clear requirements for legitimate reuse and refurbishment.
- Restrictions on disposal options for toxic materials and prohibition on use of prison and child labor.
- Requirements for insurance provisions commensurate with the nature and size of operations.
- Collection and reporting of data for recycling industry health and safety benchmarking and improvement, including airborne toxins if engaged in recycling activities such as shredding or heating hazardous e-waste.
- Provision of site closure plans when potentially hazardous processing technologies have been used.
- Transparency of the entire chain of custody of toxic materials for any customers who request it, including records and documentation of e-waste going for recycling and reuse.