ecoATM is committed to supporting the highest environmental standards in the industry which includes being certified to R2 and ISO 14001 standards. ecoATM’s environmental commitment is intended to preclude issues such as intentional or unintentional dumping of toxic materials into the developing world.
In addition to our commitment to the R2 and ISO 14001 processes, ecosystem, and certifications, ecoATM is active in a variety of industry organizations focused on evolving e-waste legislation and defining best practices for the industry, including:
- The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and
- The Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse (ERCC), of which we are a founding member
- The DRF (Device Renewed Forum)
At ecoATM, most of the devices sold to our kiosks are reused, while the remaining devices are recycled.
Almost all consumer electronics (mobile phones, computers, monitors, printers, etc.) contain toxic materials such as lead, mercury, arsenic and a broad variety of other materials that pose a threat to the environment and our health. The first and best thing we can do is to extend the life of existing devices as long as possible so that there is no need to build new devices to take their place. The next best thing we can do is to responsibly reclaim materials from devices that are truly end-of-life. For the devices that ecoATM collects which we cannot find a second life, we partner with the best e-waste reclamation facilities in the country to ensure those materials, particularly the precious metals, are reclaimed and reused in place of mining new materials and precious metals from the Earth.
Most consumer electronics and mobile phones are retired when they still have about three quarters of their useful life remaining. Many of these products have been designed to last, but have been upgraded by consumers looking for newer features, performance or size. These used devices generally have value in another part of the market. However, the majority rarely find a second life because the reverse supply chains are not yet efficient enough to serve the market well. ecoATM is working hard to change this.
At some point in the lifecycle of a device it becomes truly end-of-life. These devices can be “mined” to extract precious metals, spare parts and other materials that can be re-used. This material re-use is a key component to solving the e-waste problem. ecoATM only partners with a limited number of e-waste recyclers who meet our qualifications and meet either R2 or eStewards. ecoATM is certified to R2 and ISO14001.
Almost all consumer electronics contain toxic materials such as lead, mercury, arsenic and a broad variety of other materials that pose a threat to the environment and our health. If the phones aren’t being recycled, that means that all of those materials are ending up in landfills. This increases the risk of toxins entering our water and soil supplies.
We hope to dramatically increase e-waste recycling by giving consumers a convenient way to recycle while putting a little cash back into their pockets.
The goal of ecoATM is to have a positive impact on the environment through responsible recycling including the conservation of metals, plastic and other non-renewable resources. ecoATM is committed to accomplishing its business objectives while meeting the environmental, health and safety expectations of stakeholders including our management, employees, customers, suppliers and regulators.
ecoATM is committed to following our EH&S management system, which conforms to the R2: 2013, OHSAS 18001:2007 and ISO 14001: 2004 standards. We are equally committed to meet or exceed our customer requirements, to continually improve our processes and to maintain compliance with relevant environmental, occupational health and safety, and data security legislation and regulations.
We strive to minimize adverse impacts on the environment by managing used and end-of-life electronic equipment, components and materials – with respect to both on-site activities and the selection of downstream vendors – using a “reuse, recover, dispose” hierarchy of responsible management strategies.
To achieve the above stated objectives, ecoATM is committed to:
We recognize that the responsibilities for protection of the environment and employee health & safety are shared, requiring cooperation between our employees and management. ecoATM will continually improve its environmental and health and safety performance through responsible recycling requirements. This will include setting goals, taking into consideration our business, financial, operational and legal requirements as well as the views of interested parties.